Parties urged to keep UK aid transparent and effective

Two organisations working to promote aid transparency, accountability and effectiveness welcome the continued cross-party consensus to protect the aid budget and spend aid in the most effective way. The One Campaign and Publish What You Fund recognise that the United...

An open letter to Priti Patel

Dear Secretary of State, Congratulations on your appointment to this important role. We are looking forward to working with you to make aid and development spending more transparent and ultimately more effective. I am pleased to be able to tell you that DFID is a...

UK elections 2015: An open opportunity

There’s now just one week to go until the general election here in the UK. We’ve been looking at the party manifestos and are pleased to see a cross-party awareness of the importance of open data. At the same time, the manifestos are lacking in specific details on...

All UK political parties must commit to open government

The UK Open Government Network is a group of organisations and individuals committed to making government work better for people. We call on all political parties to put the principles of open government at the heart of their plans for government. Open government is...

Aid traceability is a worthy goal, but it will take some time

Guest post by Ben Taylor, Twaweza “We will require organisations receiving and managing funds from DFID to release open data on how this money is spent in a common, standard, reusable format. They will need to require this of sub-contractors and sub-agencies – right...

5 Back-to-school essentials for EU development cooperation

For many of us working with the EU, September certainly feels like going “back to school” following an extended summer period when most EU institutions close down. But new European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker has been hard at work over the holidays putting...

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...

10 things you need to know about EU aid

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has put together a great set of infograhics to increase awareness around EU aid, ‘10 things to know about EU aid‘. It highlights the relevance of the EU aid programme with 10 key facts, and is not unlike...