The political support for investing in women’s economic empowerment (WEE) has never been higher. Especially in light of the disparate impacts from COVID-19 on women and girls, there has been a loud chorus of voices on the need to invest in WEE. The critical question, though, is whether the political rhetoric is matched by effective, catalytic investments that are significantly advancing women and girls’ equality and giving them the meaningful ability to participate in, and benefit from, economic opportunities and prosperity?
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.
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.