Japan publishes aid data

The Government of Japan this week published aid data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative for the first time. This exciting development sees data from both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)...

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...

Action needed on HLF4 aid transparency pushback

The OECD has been hosting a meeting of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness in Paris this week – the last before the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan from Nov 29-Dec 1. The discussions have been critical for determining the success or...

Burma: Japan’s new administration should stress the importance of aid transparency

In a review of the new Japanese government’s policies in Burma, Human Rights Watch has called for increased humanitarian aid from the country ‘to meet the acute needs of the Burmese people’.

Significantly, they have requested that ‘donors should stress the importance of transparency and accountability in the delivery of humanitarian aid, including taking approaches that strengthen civil society rather than the existing corrupt power structures, and that respond to the views and needs of ordinary people’.