CSOs: Stronger transparency needed in MDG Outcome Document

Seven CSOs have urged Ambassadors Staur and Badji to ensure that transparency of information is well integrated in the final Outcome Document which will mark an important step towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The draft document of 28th July includes welcome references to transparency, good governance and anti-corruption. To ensure these are strengthened to “foster meaningful improvements in the fight against poverty”, Publish What You Fund joined ARTICLE 19, Access Info, The Carter Center, CIVICUS, International Budget Partnership and Transparency International in writing to Staur and Badji, the United Nations Representatives for Denmark and Senegal respectively.

Amongst the requests, we have asked that the final Outcome Document “calls on countries to adopt effective measures to make all aid information available and accessible. Donors should ensure this information on aid policies, documents, performance and financial flows is comprehensive, timely and comparable. [Paragraph 56] should urge all donor countries to join the International Aid Transparency Initiative.”

Read the letter.

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