Information on aid should be published proactively
Public bodies engaged in funding and delivering aid, and those who deliver aid on their behalf, should proactively disseminate information on their aid and aid-related activities. They should develop the necessary systems to collect, generate and ensure the automatic and timely disclosure of, at a minimum, information on:
- Aid policies and procedures including clear criteria for the allocation of aid;
- Aid strategies at the regional, country and local; and programmatic, sectoral and project levels;
- Aid flows (including financial flows, in-kind aid and administrative costs), including data on aid planned, pledged, committed and disbursed, disaggregated according to internationally agreed schema by region, country, geographic area, sector, [disbursement/delivery] modality and spending agency;
- Terms of aid, including aid agreements, contracts and related documents, for example, information on all conditions, prior and agreed actions, benchmarks, triggers, and interim evaluation criteria; and details of any decisions to suspend, withdraw or reallocate aid resources;
- Procurement procedures, criteria, tenders and decisions, contracts, and reporting on contracts, including information about and from contractors and sub-contracting agents;
- Assessments of aid and aid effectiveness including monitoring, evaluation, financial, audit and annual reporting;
- Integrity procedures, including corruption risk assessments, declarations of gifts and assets, complaint policies and mechanisms and protection of whistleblowers;
- Public participation: opportunities for public engagement in decision-making and evaluation, consultative/draft documentation, copies of submissions to the consultation processes, and reports on how inputs were taken into account;
- Access to information: organisational structure, contact information and disclosure mechanisms and policies
The only restrictions on the proactive publication of this information should be based on limited exceptions consistent with international law and subject to consideration of the public interest in the disclosure of information.
All public bodies engaged in aid, in donor and recipient countries, should publish an index to the types of information that they hold, and wherever possible these should be organized so that all the documents linked to a particular country, programme, or project can be identified.