News Roundup – Get Ready for the Next Aid Transparency Index, job Vacancy and Some Interesting Reads
The next Aid Transparency Index is coming!
We have been getting a number of enquiries about when the next Aid Transparency Index will be produced, as well as who will or won’t be included. We can now confirm that the next Index will be in 2020. This means that we expect data collection to start at the end of 2019. You can read Catherine Turner’s new blog to find out more about what to expect and when, and how to get ready.
We’re seeking a new Project Assistant
Do you want to help us improve the transparency of aid and development information? Are you good with data? Do you have great attention to detail, with some knowledge of aid and development? Do you have clear written and verbal communication skills, the ability to plan and manage research projects and solid Excel skills? Then we would like to hear from you.
We are currently seeking a talented Project Assistant to join our small, dedicated and friendly team.
Here’s a quick look at what we’ve been reading this week:
The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is consulting on its strategy to 2022. The online consultation runs to 28th February, and is open to all. IATI is particularly keen to hear from members, publishers, policy makers, civil society practitioners and the wider technical, open data and policy communities, and is encouraging its stakeholders to be bold and brave in generating new ideas for its future direction and priorities.
A new paper from the Center for Global Development looks at the $170 billion of public funding that donors are likely to commit in 2019–20. The authors argue that the donors will commit this money with no shared vision of the international system they want to build, little useful information about the respective strengths and weaknesses of the organisations, or any strategic overview of each other’s intentions. The paper considers how donors should approach the 2019 replenishments and proposes a series of behavioural nudges to help the system as a whole evolve towards better outcomes.
The Overseas Development Institute has released a new report examining new partnerships and financial instruments from across the philanthropic–commercial spectrum that could be used to address the challenges facing humanitarian financing. It explores the opportunities for and limitations of innovative financing, and makes recommendations regarding how to increase investment, and where to invest.
The One Campaign has released the Real Aid Index, which assesses each UK government department that spends more than £100m of aid against the core principles of poverty focus, effectiveness and transparency. It shows mixed results. The Department for International Development performs well, but some departments are not meeting the standards set by the index.
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