Chinese Aid – Competition or Colonialism?

China has repeatedly come under fire for its aid and development practices. “Negative impact”, “roll[ing] back transparency” and “unsustainable debt” are some of the terms used to describe Chinese foreign assistance by Jim Richardson, coordinator of...

Visualising Budget Data on IATI – Working on a Solution

Almost  twelve months ago I wrote about how people could use IATI organisation file data to find past, present and future donor budgets, alongside a library of linked strategic documents that help put the data in context. The problem? Despite the data being published...

Publishing Practices – Getting the basics right

It has only been a month since we released the 2018 Aid Transparency Index, but we’ve been excited to see lively discussion about the results. As we have emphasised before, the Index process is an interactive one and this does not stop with the publication of the...

Winds of change – can Abiy Ahmed open up Ethiopia?

‘Stellar’, ‘impressive’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘historical’ – these are some of the adjectives that have been used in the past few weeks to describe the reform agenda that the new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, is pushing for. Since his rise to power in April 2018,...