Nicaraguan Civil Society—A Tipping Point

This post was guest written by Hans Nusselder, a Senior Consultant for Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Rural, and our consultant during our time in Nicaragua. In April, we went on a series of fact-finding missions. We wanted to explore the possible effects of...

Does the Aid Transparency Index work?

This blog is a guest post by Dr. Catherine Weaver, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Co-Director of Innovations for Peace and Development at The University of Texas at Austin. Ten years ago, when the International Aid transparency Initiative and Publish What...

Liberia: New Opportunities or More of the Same?

This guest blog was written by Alpha Simpson II, Managing Director of Q & A Inc. – a Liberian research firm. Earlier this year the US Administration proposed cutting bilateral assistance to support Liberia’s democracy and governance sector by 66%. I worked with...

Download all IATI data, lightning fast!

On Thursday, John Adams (IATI TAG chair) asked IATI discuss: What’s the current recommended way to download the entire IATI dataset in XML? Separate files are OK. By Friday, I’d made a Minimum Viable Product: By Monday, it looked a bit more polished: You can view the...

It’s time to act on aid and budgets

UPDATE 30/04/18: We are encouraged to see that IATI have committed to publishing their guidance on how to implement aid and budget alignment this week.   Information on aid that is aligned with country budget classifications is a key demand of partner countries. This...

US foreign assistance – putting the data to work

As some of you might know, we’re working on an exciting new project about US foreign assistance. The first thing we’ve been doing is putting the data to work. Using USAID’s Foreign Aid Explorer, we have identified their top 50 countries by spend and...

Sampling for sweetness

Imagine unwrapping your favourite chocolate bar to find that instead of the delicious chocolate treat you were expecting, you get a bitter mouthful of something horrible. They’ve forgotten the sugar – yikes! This very rarely happens because, like all good products,...