[open-development] Aid: Where Does the Money Go?
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Tue Sep 28 15:25:26 BST 2010
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_The Global Campaign for Aid Transparency
_MESSAGE FROM KARIN_
This newsletter marks International Right To Know Day, the day dedicated
to raising awareness of every individual's right to government-held
information. We wanted to launch an exciting new way to explore aid
information, so we have been working with DFID and Open Knowledge
Foudation to link UK aid spending to WhereDoesMyMoneyGo. Do take a
look and see how aid money is being used, and how aid information can be
made accessible and meaningful to the public. The aim is to continue to
develop this approach so your thoughts and feedback would be greatly
appreciated. Please send any suggestions to info at publishwhatyoufund.org.
At the _MDG Summit_ there were a number of key statements from donors around
the importance of measuring impact and improving the results of aid.
However, a common standard for aid information could play a key role in
accelerated efforts to meet the MDGs and in realising President Obama's
new Global Development Policy. Reforms must increase the comparability of
U.S. aid information with other donor countries to allow for benchmarking
performance and coordinating and pooling resources.
_NEWS THIS MONTH _
Obama announces new U.S. Global Development Policy in his speech to the
Speaking to CEO of ONE, David Lane, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah
promises U.S. aid transparency will improve, and the PSD and QDDR are on
DFID relaunched their project information interface, and the
World Bank have added data sets and features, enabling greater scrutiny
of aid spending.
Clearspending.com was launched by the Sunlight Foundation, shedding
light on the real levels of transparency in U.S. domestic spending, and
providing a lesson on the necessity of good data.
Publish What You Fund appears in New Europe raising the issue of EU
leadership in IATI.
ARTICLE 19 held a conference to discuss transparency and the free flow
of information in the MDG outcome document, producing the London
Oxfam opened up aid data for all its 2009/10 projects, and released
a report “Capacity: Helping Countries Lead”.
A survey by the Institute of Development Studies shows British
public scepticism about the impact of aid.
AidData geocoded aid projects in Kenya and Mozambique to highlight
issues of donor duplication.
Donor government transparency is shown to impact aid distribution in Joerg
Faust’s new paper.
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