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The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA) was passed by Congress in 2016 to require the US agencies involved in implementing foreign assistance to publish detailed country-based information on their activities. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently assessed how well the 22 agencies are complying with the data requirements. Our US representative Sally Paxton and the Brookings Institution’s George Ingram have been analysing the OMB report and conclude that it falls short in a number of ways. In this blog they summarise the gaps and missed opportunities.
Tracing resources along the development chain, from source to frontline expenditure, is an important element of transparency for all data users. We recently produced a visualisation of all the links between current IATI data. The results surprised us, and this blog explains why.
The full potential of more transparent humanitarian information is yet to be realised. This can only be done if the information made available is actively used and benefits local and national humanitarian responders. In this blog, James Coe explains why and how Publish What You Fund is working with Ground Truth Solutions to understand the information needs of humanitarian actors.
Are you interested in conducting research into humanitarian assistance, international development and foreign affairs? Do you have strong research experience, good communication skills and knowledge of international development or transparency? We are recruiting a Project Assistant to support our exciting research into how transparency can help improve humanitarian responses.
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