Our Work

Publish What You Fund is the global campaign for aid transparency. Launched in 2008, we work to make information on aid flows and activities open by default, and to make sure it is shared and used.

We believe that whether it’s fighting poverty, famine or climate change, transparent aid is better aid.

We want to see information on aid that is freely available and accessible. We want to see everyone from donors to citizens use that information. And we want to see greater development, better governance, democratic participation and reduced poverty as a result.

We work based on the following principles: 

  • Information on aid should be published proactively
  • Information on aid should be timely, accessible and comparable
  • Everyone has the right to request and receive information about aid
  • The right of access to information about aid should be promoted

You can read more about these principles and what we believe in our paper.

What we do

  • We undertake evidence-based advocacy to aid donors and policy makers, with a focus on the largest and most influential providers of development assistance. We are recognised as the go-to experts in this area and have ensured that every major aid donor has begun publishing their aid data to a common standard.
  • We use global processes to amplify our advocacy. Our language has been incorporated into international agreements such as the Busan Declaration in 2011, the G8 summit in 2013, and the UN Financing for Development conference in 2015.
  • We work in coalition with NGOs across the development, freedom of information and open data spheres. We have worked with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) since it was launched in 2008.
  • Our advocacy is underpinned by research, including the annual Aid Transparency Index. The Index has become the leading measure of aid transparency worldwide and drives real change.

Who benefits?

  • Partner country governments need up-to-date information on aid to plan their budgets effectively and allocate resources to where they are most needed. Countries are vocal in their calls for greater donor transparency: IATI currently has more than 20 partner country governments on its Steering Committee.
  • Civil society groups and journalists in donor countries need data in order to monitor the spending of public funds and inform taxpayers of how it is being used. People in partner countries need information to monitor the implementation of aid programmes and hold their own governments to account.
  • Donors themselves benefit from open data. They can better coordinate their activities, evaluate programmes, and learn from each another. The process of opening data helps break down barriers to sharing it within organisations, and improves internal communication.

The outcome of these activities is to provide better services to citizens, who are the beneficiaries of aid.

View our Films and Animations on open data and the importance of aid transparency for the human stories behind the numbers.