US aid transparency: Looking back but pressing forward

This blog post was written by George Ingram, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Board Chair of Friends of Publish What You Fund.  Over the past decade aid transparency has moved from being a little-known concept to the norm. The value of making timely and...

Making humanitarian aid transparency a reality in 2016

On 17th January, the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing released its report Too important to fail – addressing the humanitarian financing gap in the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) on 23-24 May in Istanbul. The panel makes the strongest...

Can Raj Shah overcome “The Dialogue of the Deaf”? Let’s see.

Guest post by Paul O’Brien, Vice President for Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam America I wonder if USAID’s Raj Shah is reading Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century”. Op-ed writers in the Wall Street Journal,  Washington Post and New York Times think the...

Haiti quake four years on

Four years after the earthquake in Haiti, it is still hard to trace where the money has gone. Data released by the USAid last year shows it spent more than $270m on projects in Haiti in 2013, with US-based companies receiving almost half of this and American...