A salute to the transparency champions

I’m leaving Publish What You Fund in a few days after an exhilarating two and a half years. Over that period, I’ve been fortunate to work with a superb team but also with a diverse community in and around international development: government budget officials,...

Delivering on foreign assistance transparency

Cross-posted on the Open Government Partnership blog. As a co-founder of the Open Government Partnership, the Obama Administration presented its first National Action Plan (NAP) in 2011. Importantly, this plan included the commitment to “release and implement...

New stewards for aid transparency

Responsibility for running the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) recently changed to a new secretariat, after four years of DFID hosting. The department will be a hard act to follow as the UK Government has been a global leader on aid transparency, both...

UK’s Foreign Office plots its route to aid transparency

[Cross-posted on the Open Government Partnership site] The UK is a global leader in open data but the picture is still mixed across government activities and departments when it comes to international aid information. Although DFID accounts for the lion’s share of UK...

CRS, XML, IATI – what’s the big difference?

Yesterday, the OECD produced an XML file containing DAC members’ annual aid flows. The file is a conversion of 2010 and 2011 data from their Creditor Reporting System (CRS) into XML format (computer-readable “mark-up” language that allows programmers to extract and...

A first look at common standard implementation schedules

Thirty-five donor organisations and governments have so far released implementation schedules for the common standard on aid information, with at least five more plans likely to be published in the coming weeks. It is encouraging that donors representing the lion’s...

Success in the U.S.

Last week we launched our 2012 Aid Transparency Index in Washington, D.C. at the brand new Open Gov Hub. Having been nearly a year since Secretary Clinton announced the U.S. would join the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), we wanted to host a...

How open is the UK’s open data strategy?

All UK Government departments produced an open data strategy in June – alongside the Cabinet Office’s Open Data White Paper – pledging themselves to big releases of datasets and innovative open data approaches over the next two years.  Although they followed a...