It’s the second week of 2014, we are all back at work, and it already seems like Christmas was a distant memory. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to think about what the long year stretching out before us might have in store.
Here are my three aid transparency predictions for 2014:
- France will be the biggest donor to make the most progress in 2014. We have high hopes for France in the year ahead, and we look forward to 2014 marking their first IATI publication.
- In fact, all donors will make more progress this year. We will spend much of this year pushing donors towards the 2015 Busan deadline, starting with the launch of our ‘Road to 2015’ campaign. I think savvy donors will use this push to not only stay on top of their aid transparency commitments, but try to get ahead of them this year.
- Aid transparency will continue to feature highly on the development agenda. Last year was all about the ‘Open Data Revolution’, and I don’t see transparency slipping off the agenda anytime soon, particularly as the development community will spend much of this year discussing the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals. The only question is, what will the buzz-phrase be this year?
I’d be really interested to know what others think. Am I on the money? Way off the mark?
Failing that, I’m always up for a friendly bet, so get in touch.