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,...

Sampling for Sweetness – Part II

“Sampling is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” This is how the team here at Publish What You Fund felt when the data collection period for our 2018 Aid Transparency Index ended on the 9th of March. It was again time to put on our data...

Erratic Budget Processes Threaten US Foreign Aid

This blog was guest written by George Ingram, the Board Chair of Friends of Publish What You Fund and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. It originally appeared on the Brookings Institution’s website  on June 4th, 2018.  Most policymakers understand...

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...