Throughout 2019 we have been conducting a transparency review of 10 UK government departments and two cross-government funds. As these departments have come to understand the details of our methodology, learn about the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard and invest in the systems and processes to enable greater transparency, there has been a steady increase in the number of departments providing data, and the comprehensiveness of this data. Consequently there is now a lot more information freely available on UK aid spending which until as recently as August was simply not available. In a new blog, Elma Jenkins reflects on the newly available data, what it tells us about UK aid spending and the many questions it raises.
We are launching a new 2.5 year initiative to increase support for the transparency of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs). It follows a 12-month scoping exercise, and we’re now embarking on a focused, strategic programme to move things forward. Based on our initial research, and the previous work of academics, practitioners and policy-makers, we have set out a collaborative, evidence-based approach that we believe can inform and improve DFI transparency, accountability and decision-making.
How do we measure aid transparency? Find out more about the updated methodology that we’ll be using for the 2020 Aid Transparency Index.
Gary Forster and Henry Lewis are just back from Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. They have been finishing the research stage of our humanitarian transparency project –trying to understand the data needs and challenges of humanitarian actors on the ground, and how they might be addressed. In a new blog with our partners Ruba Ishak and Max Seilern from Ground Truth Solutions, they reflect on their experience in Bangladesh and the insights shared by interviewees who are dealing with one of the biggest refugee crises in the world.
Scheduled to open its doors this fall, the new US Development Finance Corporation has some ambitious and welcome goals. George Ingram and Sally Paxton consider the key issues for the new institution to address if it is to set the gold standard for a modern and transparent DFI.
Information sharing during protracted humanitarian emergencies can often be complex and face a number of barriers, particularly for local and national responders. Therefore, since January 2019 we have been working with Ground Truth Solutions to better understand the data needs and challenges of these types of humanitarian actors. Building on desk based research, key stakeholder interviews and an online survey, the project has reached the on-the-ground research phase. Whilst it is too early to share the final findings of the work, in this blog we share some reflections from the first of our two country deep dives; our trip in August 2019 to Erbil, Iraq.