On March 22, Transparency International-USA honoured Secretary Clinton with the prestigious TI-USA Integrity Award which recognises transparency and integrity efforts around the globe. In Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, she has become a champion for transparency by making corruption a focal point of U.S. foreign policy — shedding light on the damaging effects of corruption on both the developed and developing world.
In her acceptance speech, Secretary Clinton reaffirmed the U.S. promise to make aid spending transparent as part of the drive towards transparency and integrity, stating that the U.S. is “very committed to the global effort known as IATI [The International Aid Transparency Initiative] to report our data in a timely, easy-to-use format.”
Secretary Clinton had previously announced the U.S. would join IATI at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in November 2011, where all donor nations agreed to publish their aid spending to the common standard by 2015. Other examples of Secretary Clinton’s work in transparency and integrity include her role in securing international anti-corruption agreements such as the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the UN Convention against Corruption.
Secretary Clinton is expected to travel to Brazil in April to participate in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Meeting. The U.S. has included aid transparency in its OGP National Action Plan which we hope results in prompt U.S. publication to the IATI Registry.