We recently attended the select committee hearing on how ODA is being managed in the UK. This was a timely event, given we are mid-way through our review of the aid transparency of all aid spending government departments in the UK. It led us to ponder “What does government accountability of international aid look like?”
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We have encountered many citizens and activists who are seeking answers on aid spending. This blog recalls just a few of their experiences and examines how transparency can help to build trust.
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.
By Owen Barder, Vice President at the Center for Global Development, Director for Europe and a senior fellow, and Gary Forster, Chief Executive Officer, Publish What You Fund Aid and development transparency has come a long way in ten years. In this, the first of a two-part blog series, we look back at the […]
Reflecting on the contrasting fates of the two UK agencies featured in the Aid Transparency Index, this blog examines what the Foreign & Commonwealth Office could learn from others in order to improve its transparency.