Three aid transparency predictions for 2014

It’s the second week of 2014, we are all back at work, and it already seems like Christmas was a distant memory. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to think about what the long year stretching out before us might have in store. Here are my three aid...

AidWatch: The unique role of aid

Guest post by Carlos Villota, CONCORD AidWatch One in five people still live below extreme poverty line of $ 1.25 dollars per day. The last decade has seen real improvements, not least in halving the number of people living in poverty, but the real tragedy is that it...

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...

Making Mali’s aid transparent

Donors from around the world met in Brussels last month to pledge funds for war-torn Mali, following a military coup that took place in March this year and later fighting between Tuareg and Islamist rebels. International donors agreed to provide Mali with over €3...

UK & France join EITI

The UK and French governments announced yesterday that they will join the international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a voluntary multi-stakeholder approach to greater transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries. The UK has been one of...

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...