Following the launch of the 2022 Aid Transparency Index, Sally Paxton and George Ingram reflect on the performance of the top US agencies, the progress that has been made on transparency and the importance of using data to improve future development outcomes.
On 13th July we launched the 2022 edition of the Aid Transparency Index. This was the 10th anniversary of the Index, and it marked a special moment. For the first time we’re witnessing data use examples flourishing. We’re seeing a variety of stakeholders, both locally and globally, using open aid data for research, programme design and engagement. Gary Forster summarises his key takeaways from the launch event.
The majority of the agencies in the 2022 Aid Transparency Index now publish good quality aid data. 31 organisations, the highest number to date, now score “very good” or “good”. But this 10th anniversary report contains a stark warning about the deterioration in quality of data between editions of the Aid Transparency Index.
The FCDO dropped 13.5 points in the 2022 Aid Transparency Index compared with DFID’s score in 2020. This means no UK agencies are in the “very good” category – the first time this has happened since the categories were introduced in 2013.
In the run up to the launch of the 2022 Aid Transparency Index, Pascal Barollier shares Gavi’s aid transparency journey, how the use of aid data has evolved, and how they incorporated data for the fast-moving COVAX initiative into their systems.
In the run up to the launch of the 2022 Aid Transparency Index, Richard Watts of Save the Children discusses how open data is being used to track aid to nutrition and hold donors accountable for their commitments. He explains that this is only possible due to continued improvements in the available aid data, but development partners could still do more to increase their transparency.