The mobilisation of private finance for development outcomes was a central part of the discussions during the recent Paris summit, with more emphasis placed on the need to mobilise “at scale”. However, without improved measurement and increased transparency, it will be impossible to tell whether or not these new commitments deliver on their promises.
USAID has just provided a detailed update on its goal to direct 25% of its funding to local actors by 2025. Earlier this year, Publish What You Fund investigated the measurement of this 25% target and concluded that the choice of methodology could determine whether more than US$1.4 billion of additional funding is channeled to local actors each year. So we have been taking a close look at USAID’s progress report and the measures used.
As 2X Global works to develop a new certification process for gender lens investors, we set out why greater transparency must be integrated into this process. Our new working paper provides four recommendations for improving the disclosure of 2X investments – so that we can understand their impact on women and girls, and ensure we are making the most effective use of our scarce resources.
What aid and development data is available and where can it be found? In this post Elma Jenkins, Publish What You Fund, and Rolf Kleef, data/IT consultant, introduce three user-friendly tools that can be used to access International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data – D-portal, the Datastore and Country Development Finance Data – and describe their key features. This is the first in a blog series examining IATI data access tools.
To help development finance institutions (DFIs) address perceived barriers to transparency and to guide improved disclosure, Publish What You Fund has compiled the Disclosure Example Book. It is intended to show what is possible in terms of DFI disclosure and to be a useful resource for anyone working to strengthen DFI transparency.
Ahead of the IATI Members’ Assembly in Copenhagen, we wanted to reflect on the growth of IATI, and highlight the burgeoning number of examples of stakeholders using IATI data for research, policy insights and ultimately to make development more effective.