Publish What You Fund issues the following statement in response to the final communiqué of the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC):
“We welcome the commitment by the GPEDC to accelerate efforts to publish timely, comprehensive, comparable and forward-looking information on cooperation efforts, in accordance with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) by 2015 – and to improve the quality of published data.
“We now expect these words to be turned into action. While a small number of development providers have made good progress in making their aid more transparent, the vast majority are currently off-track to meet their Busan commitment of full implementation by 2015.
“We welcome the commitment of South-South providers to share more information about their activities in other developing countries in the Mexico communiqué. However, such information will be most useful if it is shared in a standard format, and provided systematically – in accordance with the expressed needs of partner countries and civil society organisations – rather than on an ad-hoc basis.
“We would encourage South-South providers to engage in discussions to build on IATI – a flexible publishing standard – to create a standard that accurately captures the specificities of their efforts, ensuring greater transparency, usability and accountability of their data – and thus more effective development cooperation.”
This statement is supported by our international partners: Oxfam UK, Oxfam U.S., Transparency International and the ONE Campaign.
Notes to editors
- Publish What You Fund is the not-for-profit global campaign for global aid transparency, which publishes an Index ranking donors according to their aid transparency efforts.
- Publish What You Fund’s Aid Transparency Index is the industry standard for measuring global aid transparency. As a fully independent assessment, it measures and compares donor progress in making their aid information open and accessible.
- Please find the GPEDC communiqué here: http://effectivecooperation.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/FinalConsensusMexicoHLMCommunique.pdf
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