The Global Fund on BBC Panorama: statement in response

Tonight on BBC Panorama, the Global Fund – one of the biggest providers of international aid to fight malaria, AIDs and tuberculosis – faces serious questions about its spending. A leaked report shows alleged corruption – involving tens of thousands...

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...

The revolution may be secret

Guest post by David Banisar, Article 19 This week in New York at the UN General Assembly meetings on the future of the Millennium Development Goals, the call for “revolution” has been heard throughout the rooms and halls of the United Nations and in the cafés, hotels,...

UK Foreign Office publishes to IATI

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has published its first set of data to the internationally agreed common standard. The FCO is the third UK Government department to publish to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), a cutting-edge global...

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...

G8: 3Ts event sets open data challenges

Last Saturday, the UK Government hosted a pre-G8 Tax, Trade & Transparency event in London. In the open data session, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude identified three corresponding challenges: to make all data open by default, to consider privacy but not to...

A memo to the G8: Time to deliver on aid transparency

This is a joint post with Judith Randel, Executive Director of Development Initiatives, originally posted in Devex. Last Saturday, the United Kingdom hosted a G-8 session specifically on Trade, Tax and Transparency — billed as the ‘3Ts’ event. This event highlighted...