USAID releases Open Government Plan

The United States’ largest spending aid agency, USAID, has published its plan for increasing openness and transparency. Although delayed by several months after the June 1st deadline, USAID’s Open Government Plan is an improvement on its previous ambitions. The report...

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...

U.S. civil society pushes plans to open the government

The U.S. is on-course to meet many of its open government commitments, according to the latest civil society progress report on the Government’s National Action Plan. Specifically on foreign assistance transparency, the U.S. has made partial progress. In recent...

Increasing the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid

On Monday 28th April, Chairman Robert Menendez hosted a Senate briefing, Transparency & Accountability: Tools for Increasing Effectiveness of Foreign Aid, sponsored by the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, Oxfam America and Publish What You Fund. The event...

STATEMENT IN RESPONSE: GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP COMMUNIQUE

Publish What You Fund issues the following statement in response to the final communiqué of the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC): “We welcome the commitment by the GPEDC to accelerate efforts to publish...

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...

What we want to see in Mexico

Next week, the world’s development actors will meet at the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico. The meeting is an opportunity to kick-start efforts to ensure governments’ transparency commitments on...

Donors should reveal their funding to think tanks abroad

Guest post by Till Bruckner, Transparify Over the past two decades, support by Western donors has led to an explosion in the number of think tanks in developing countries. Conventional wisdom has it that such think tanks strengthen democracy and improve the policy...

IATI meeting finishes on hopeful note

The 2014 International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) technical meeting finished with participants feeling positive about the future of open data and development transparency. New Chair of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), John Adams of UK’s DFID said: “The TAG...