UK Select Committee report into aid spending

The International Development Select Committee has published a report looking at how the UK Government spends its international aid budget. The Committee says that Department for International Development (DFID) is  channelling more funds through multilateral...

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...

100th publisher to IATI

Today, UN Women became the 100th publisher to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).  David Hall-Matthews, Director of Publish What You Fund, said: “This is encouraging news. We are impressed by the number of agencies and NGOs who are now...

World Bank to publish contract details online

World Bank contracts will be available online as part of a global initiative to fight corruption and get governments to disclose their deals with private companies. In Johannesburg this week for the first Open contracting initiative meeting, Sanjay Pradhan,...

OECD committed to aid transparency

Brian Atwood, Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), has confirmed the organisation’s strong commitment to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). At a speech last night in London, Atwood impressed the crowd by saying the DAC...

New Deal discussions at World Bank

Publish What You Fund will participate in a high-profile event being held at the World Bank Spring Meetings tomorrow. The event will gather leading ministers from the g7+ group of fragile countries, development partners, representatives of civil society, and the...

World Bank launches new ‘Open Knowledge’ website

The World Bank today launched the Open Knowledge Repository (OKR), an open-access storehouse for its research and knowledge products. The OKR will collect, disseminate and permanently preserve World Bank research online. The website, along with the new Open Access...

Concerns over World Bank-Google collaboration

Yesterday Owen Barder, Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development, expressed concern regarding the openness of the Google-World Bank mapping project, pointing out that data used to create the maps should be available for anyone to access and use. Last...