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.
IATI Canary is a free data monitoring and alert service. It checks to ensure IATI data is both available and compliant with the IATI schema.
Silvia Poggioli, country director of AIFO Liberia, talks to us about her experience of using IATI data and the challenges of navigating thousands of activities.
As Publish What You Fund and others in the aid transparency community turn their energies toward improving data use, Ruth Levine and Joseph Asunka of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation present six practical ideas that could speed up progress. These ideas could go a long way to increase the use of data by government officials, and the organisations and citizens working to hold their government officials accountable for results.
It’s been a busy year at Publish What You Fund. As is traditional at this time of year, we’ve been reflecting on what we’ve achieved and what we need to do next. Here’s our quick roundup of what the team has been up to – from the influential Aid Transparency Index, and on the ground research into aid flows in Liberia and Cambodia, to developing new tools to increase access to aid and development data.
The aid transparency community has a decision to make. All at once we need to raise awareness of the presence of huge volumes of aid and development finance information, and at the same time support new and existing users when they have challenges accessing it. In short, as more people look to IATI as a […]