Emerging donors = emerging transparency?

Saudi Arabia “is the number one donor for aid and development in Yemen”, according to Dr Abdullah al-Rabeeah, who runs the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KS Relief). “We’re here to help.” What the impact of Saudi’s aid is, however, we can’t really...

An uneasy European consensus for development

This week in Brussels, the European Union (EU) institutions proudly launched a new ‘Consensus for Development’ that will shape their development policy for the next ten years. The European Union and its member states collectively account for just over half of global...

Aid Transparency Index: update on the methodology review

Publish What You Fund’s 2016 Aid Transparency Index reported on the results by major donors to meet the commitments made in Busan in 2011, where donors promised to open up their aid information by December 2015. With this deadline now passed, our intention is to raise...

A new strategy for a new development landscape

Publish What You Fund was set up in 2008 to campaign for aid transparency. We have come a long way. Donors have committed to transparency, and many are delivering. Nearly 500 organisations now publish what they fund using the open data standard of the International...

An open letter to Priti Patel

Dear Secretary of State, Congratulations on your appointment to this important role. We are looking forward to working with you to make aid and development spending more transparent and ultimately more effective. I am pleased to be able to tell you that DFID is a...

Why data is a feminist issue

5 March was International Open Data Day. 6 March was Mother’s Day in the UK and Ireland. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day, a public holiday in many countries including Russia. We already know that ‘Poverty is Sexist’, as ONE’s new report puts it. But where...

Where is transparency in the hype cycle?

Development fashions go through predictable stages. At first, breathless blog posts proclaim the idea: budget support, microfinance, laptops. Soon, governments and funders are jumping over themselves to adopt the idea while wise commentators note that it is not the...

Why we shouldn’t be complacent on corruption

This week saw international anti-corruption day. So what? Few of the over 100 official ‘days’ observed by the United Nations are widely celebrated. Like International Jazz Day (30 April) or International Day of Yoga (21 June), Anti-Corruption Day doesn’t make...