As we await the final results of the 2022 Aid Transparency Index, Elma Jenkins has been speaking to some of our most crucial but least known researchers, the independent reviewers. The 2022 Index process has so far involved three months reviewing several thousand documents, extraordinary amounts of International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data, 50 publishers and 36 independent reviewers. The reviewer role is crucial in ensuring we make a full and fair assessment of publishers’ data.
The UK government has published its latest Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, but it has failed to include a commitment on the transparency of aid spending and failed to gain civil society support. Urgent action is now needed to improve aid transparency, build public trust and accountability.
In this blog, we’ve set out our journey to access, merge, clean and use unique datasets on funding flows for Women’s economic empowerment in a way not done before. We will use the evidence to inform recommendations and advocacy for increased and better funding for women.
In this blog we timeline the communication of, and reactions to, the UK government’s aid cuts and pose the question, is this a new era of UK aid transparency?
Last year we initiated a methodology review process for our Aid Transparency Index, with the aim of updating the assessment approach in order to ensure we adapt to new developments and continue to raise the bar for aid transparency. Following a period of research, online surveys and consultation meetings, we have developed a proposal for changes to the approach. We would appreciate any comment on our consultation paper.
Elma Jenkins explains how and why we’re undertaking a review of the Aid Transparency Index methodology and how you can get involved.