The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is responsible for several streams of ODA and related funding, including spending allocations from some cross-government pooled funds, such as the Prosperity Fund and the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. It also oversees bilateral development assistance programmes, diplomacy-related aid costs and some contributions to multilateral organisations. It is responsible for the British Council and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. The UK FCO is not an IATI member but first published to IATI in July 2013. In 2018, the FCO is included in the ‘poor’ category and had made little improvement since its first IATI publication. We now call on the FCO to:
- Aim for quarterly, if not monthly, publication.
- Make further improvements to its publication, to include further details on its budgets and finances.
- Start publishing performance-related information, from objectives to results.
- Demonstrate the impact of transparency on development work by taking responsibility to promote the use of the data it publishes: internally, to promote coordination and effectiveness; and externally, to explore online and in-person feedback loops, including at country-level.