The Department of Defense (DOD) foreign assistance resources are used to train, equip, and support foreign defense and security establishments. US-DOD remained in the middle of the ‘fair’ category for the 2018 Index and is the lowest scoring US agency.
Publish What You Fund calls on Defense to:
- US-DOD should regularly update its data to ensure that dates and activity statuses are correct, as these are critical first steps for people to understand what projects are being implemented and which are closed.
- It should add project descriptions and improve its financial and budgetary transparency, including project budgets.
- It should prioritise the publication of key documents, for example country strategies as well as pre-project impact appraisals and evaluations.
- Take responsibility to promote the use of the data they publish: internally, to promote coordination and effectiveness; and externally, to explore online and in-person feedback loops, including at country-level.