2011 Pilot Aid Transparency Index

European Commission EuropeAid

Summary

The European Commission has signed IATI and has begun to publish EuropeAid data to the IATI Registry.

EuropeAid ranks 9th overall, slightly higher than the other EC institutions. It provides limited data on all its projects on the EuropeAid beneficiaries project database in English, French and Spanish, and detailed information on all projects in Palestine in the restrictive PDF format. The website is difficult to navigate.

EuropeAid should be congratulated on its early publication to the IATI Registry and should continue to improve the quality of this data. It should work with DG Enlargement and ECHO to develop implementation schedules and begin publication of information through the IATI Registry. As an organisation that already has an online project database, EuropeAid should ensure that the database is IATI compatible.

Results

Click on an indicator to see the definition of that indicator and, if information is published for the indicator, the evidence as a URL.

1. FOIAYes
Definition:
The definition used in the report for a Freedom of Information Act is that it has to be a law in the strict sense, it must include the right of access to information, this right has to be enforceable and there must be complaint, court and high court appeal possibilities. (Decrees are included if they meet the same standards.) In addition, the FOIA must be in use for at least the executive part of the government, therefore FOIAs which are only adopted, approved or still in draft form were not counted. For multilateral donors, IFIs and foundations, a disclosure or transparency policy was accepted as equivalent to a FOIA. All organisations with a disclosure or transparency policy were accepted as having a policy irrespective of the appeals process and exceptions.
2. IATIPublisher
Definition:
Donors are engaged in IATI either as signatories or observers. Of the 21 signatories, some are already implementing, i.e. they are publishing to the IATI Registry; others are planning to publish before HLF-4; a third group are planning to implement after HLF-4; and a fourth group have not yet confirmed when they expect to publish to the Registry.
3. Allocation policyAlways published
Definition:
Aid allocation policies and procedures are the detailed policy and procedures documents by which the organisation chooses where to spend its resources, on which countries or themes rather than others.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/ap/index_en.htm
4. Procurement policyAlways published
5. Organisation budgetAlways published
Definition:
The total organisation budget is the total amount that the organisation will be allocated by the government or its funders for at least the next three years. This is money going to the organisation, and can be indicative. Both rolling budgets and non-rolling budgets were accepted.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/budget/library/biblio/publications/2010/fin_report/fin_re...
eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2006/l_247/l_24720060909en0022...

Comments:
First link is EC budget, 2nd link is EDF.
6. Forward budgetNot collected
Definition:
The organisation
7. AuditAlways published
Definition:
The organisation

Source:
eca.europa.eu/portal/pls/portal/docs/1/7158769.PDF
8. Country strategyAlways published
Definition:
A country strategy paper sets out the organisation

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/country-cooperation/occupie...
9. Country forward budgetCollected
Definition:
The organisation

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/neighbourhood/country-cooperation/occupie...

Comments:
EC: programming for OPT is carried out annually due to the current context.
10. EvaluationCollected
Definition:
Evaluation documents consider what activities achieved, whether the intended objectives were met, what the major factors influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the objectives were and an assessment of the impact and effects of the activities. This information may be on a specific evaluation section of the organisation
11. ResultsCollected
Definition:
The results show whether activities achieved their intended results. This may be within a specific evaluation section of the organisation
12. Project ImplementerAlways published
Definition:
The implementer of the activity is the organisation which is principally responsible for delivering this activity.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/funding/beneficiaries/index.cfm?lang=en
13. Collaboration typeAlways published
Definition:
The collaboration type shows how the activity is funded

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
14. Flow type: ODA / OOFCollected
Definition:
The flow type shows whether the organisation states this activity counts as ODA, OOF, climate finance or any other type of flow. This again had to be explicitly stated per activity, or once in a country strategy paper or a clear place on the website if there is only one flow type for the whole organisation (e.g.
15. Project / budget supportAlways published
Definition:
The type of finance shows whether the activity is a grant, loan, export credit, or debt relief. This had to be explicitly stated per activity, or once in a country strategy paper or a clear place on the website, if there is only one finance type for the whole organisation (e.g.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
16. Grant / loanAlways published
Definition:
The type of finance shows whether the aid activity is a grant, loan, export credit, or debt relief. This has to be explicitly stated per activity, or once in a country strategy paper or a clear place on the website, if there is only one finance type provided by this agencyfor the whole organisation (e.g.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
17. Unique IDAlways published
Definition:
The activity identifier is a unique reference ID for the activity (e.g. a project number). It allows an activity to be referred to and to search for information by a code which can be used to retrieve the project from a database or filing system. On occasion, organisations pointed to the URL as a unique activity identifier. If the URL included the complete project code or reference used internally, this was accepted.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/funding/beneficiaries/index.cfm?lang=en
18. Project TitleAlways published
Definition:
The title of the activity is the name of the activity. This was preferably the formal name of the activity, but did not have to be.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/funding/beneficiaries/index.cfm?lang=en
19. DescriptionAlways published
Definition:
The description of the activity is a descriptive text, longer than the title, explaining what the activity is. Sometimes it was just a short sentence but may also be more detailed. Either was accepted.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
20. SectorsAlways published
Definition:
The sectors of the activity explain whether this is, for example, a health or education project. It did not count if it is just mentioned incidentally within the title / description / etc. It needed to be stated separately and explicitly.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/funding/beneficiaries/index.cfm?lang=en
21. Planned datesAlways published
Definition:
The planned dates are the dates that the activity is scheduled to start and end on. If there are one set of dates but they are not explicitly planned or actual dates, given that these are for activities which are current (i.e. being implemented at the time of data collection) it was assumed that they were planned dates.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
22. Actual datesCollected
Definition:
These are the dates that the activity actually started (and ended on, if the activity has finished). If there was only one set of dates but they are not explicitly stated as planned or actual dates, then it was assumed they were planned dates. Actual dates were accepted where specific events occurred, for example the date the project/programme agreement was signed, a board presentation or an appraisal date.
23. Tied aid statusCollected
Definition:
The tied aid status shows whether the organisation states that this activity counts as
24. Overall costAlways published
Definition:
The overall financial cost or amount is a summary total financial sum for the activity.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/funding/beneficiaries/index.cfm?lang=en
25. TransactionsCollected
Definition:
Individual financial disbursements must be related to individual activities, and must be on a per-transaction basis. Each activity is likely to have several transactions. This information is unlikely to be made available if the organisation does not publish to IATI.
26. Current statusCollected
Definition:
This shows whether the activity is currently under design, being implemented, has finished or is cancelled.
27. Contact detailsSometimes published
Definition:
This shows who can be contacted in relation to this activity. This does not have to be the contact information for an individual or project manager and could refer you to a central contact or information desk. Contacts for either the funding organisation or the implementing organisation were accepted. This had to be stated alongside the activity or on an obvious

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
28. Project websiteAlways published
Definition:
This is a specific link to more detailed and contextual information about this activity. This was either a website or a document on a larger website with more than just basic information about the activity.

Source:
eeas.europa.eu/delegations/westbank/index_en.htm
29. Impact appraisalAlways published
Definition:
Pre- and post-project impact appraisals explain the totality of positive and negative, primary and secondary effects produced by a development intervention.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
30. ObjectivesAlways published
Definition:
The objectives or purposes of the activity are those that the activity intends to achieve.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
31. BeneficiariesAlways published
Definition:
The ultimate intended beneficiaries are the individuals or groups that the activity is intended to benefit (e.g. 80,000 children inoculated; 3 million people provided with clean drinking water; under 5s or indigenous peoples).

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
32. ConditionsAlways published
Definition:
The terms and conditions of the activity may also be referred to as benchmarks, priors, or involve words such as

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
33. Budget docsAlways published
Definition:
This is a specific budget detailing what the intended spending is for the different lines of the individual activity.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf
34. Tender docsAlways published
Definition:
The individual contract to which bids or proposal are invited from companies, organisations or individuals to provide goods and services for the activity. Could be on a procurement section of the organisation

Source:
ted.europa.eu/TED/main/HomePage.do
35. Contract docsCollected
Definition:
The individual contract which is signed with the company, organisation or individual that provide goods and services for the activity. Again this could be on a procurement section of the organisation
36. MoU / agreementCollected
Definition:
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a document which details the agreement usually between the organisation and recipient government for the provision of aid in the country.
37. Project design docsAlways published
Definition:
Design documents are detailed documents which show how the activity should be undertaken. This needed to be a similar level of detail to the activity budget.

Source:
ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/aap/2011/af_aap-spe_2011_pse.pdf