Europe & the Open Government Partnership

We recently joined civil society networks and organisations worldwide in calling for the EU’s new leadership to commit to close engagement with – and eventual membership of – the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Since its launch in 2011, we...

Canada’s first foreign aid data hackathon

Guest post by Michael Roberts, Groupsia On August 24-25, 2013, Citizen Attaché (an Engineers Without Borders supported venture) organized Canada’s first foreign aid data hackathon, a two-day event hosted at the HUB Ottawa’s co-working space. It attracted more than 40...

G8: Triumph for transparency

You may not have noticed from the headlines, but the G8 Summit was a real triumph for transparency. It was a brave and ambitious thing to put on the agenda, because it is not an easy issue to negotiate on. When it comes to the details, hundreds of different interests...

A first look at common standard implementation schedules

Thirty-five donor organisations and governments have so far released implementation schedules for the common standard on aid information, with at least five more plans likely to be published in the coming weeks. It is encouraging that donors representing the lion’s...

Canada publishes to IATI

The Canadian International Development Agency (Agence canadienne de développement international) has begun publishing their aid data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Canada signed up to IATI at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness at...

Letter to Canada – Minister Clement

Including progress on aid transparency within Canada’s Open Government Partnership Action Plan We the undersigned civil society organisations are writing to congratulate you on Canada’s signing up to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). This is a very...

OECD report criticises Canadian foreign aid

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned the Canadian government that recent changes to foreign aid are actually confusing — and in some cases hurting — development efforts in the world’s poorest countries. The warning is...