[open-development] Aid: Where Does the Money Go?

Karin Christiansen info at publishwhatyoufund.org
Tue Sep 28 15:25:26 BST 2010


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   This newsletter marks [2]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 [3]exciting new way to explore aid
   information, so we have been working with [4]DFID and [5]Open Knowledge
   F[6]oudation to link UK aid spending to [7]WhereDoesMyMoneyGo.  Do [8]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.
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   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
   [9]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.
     Links:
       9. http://publishwhatyoufund.org/news/2010/09/obama-announces-new-us-global-development-policy

   _NEWS THIS MONTH _
   Obama announces [10]new U.S. Global Development Policy in his speech to the
   UN assembly.
     Links:
       10. http://publishwhatyoufund.org/news/2010/09/obama-announces-new-us-global-development-policy

   Speaking to CEO of [11]ONE, David Lane, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah
   promises [12]U.S. aid transparency will improve, and the PSD and QDDR are on
   the way.
   [13]DFID relaunched their [14]project information interface, and the
   [15]World Bank have added data sets and features, enabling greater scrutiny
   of aid spending.
     Links:
       11. http://www.one.org/us
       12. http://publishwhatyoufund.org/news/2010/09/rajiv-shah-promises-us-aid-transparency
       13. http://www.dfid.gov.uk
       14. http://www.dfid.gov.uk/About-DFID/Finance-and-performance/Project-information
       15. http://publishwhatyoufund.org/news/2010/09/world-bank-data-more-accessible

   [16]Clearspending.com was launched by the [17]Sunlight Foundation, shedding
   light on the real levels of transparency in U.S. domestic spending, and
   providing a lesson on the necessity of [18]good data.
     Links:
       16. http://sunlightfoundation.com/clearspending
       17. http://sunlightfoundation.com
       18. http://publishwhatyoufund.org/news/2010/09/sunlight-foundation-shows-real-levels-us-transparency

   [19]Publish What You Fund appears in [20]New Europe raising the issue of EU
   leadership in IATI.
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       20. http://www.neurope.eu/articles/Europe-Taking-the-lead-on-aid-transparency/102273.php

   [21]ARTICLE 19 held a conference to discuss transparency and the free flow
   of information in the [22]MDG outcome document, producing the [23]London
   Declaration.
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       21. http://www.article19.org
       22. http://www.un.org/en/mdg/summit2010/pdf/mdg%20outcome%20document.pdf
       23. http://www.right2info-mdgs.org/declaration

   [24]Oxfam opened up [25]aid data for all its 2009/10 projects, and released
   a report [26]“Capacity: Helping Countries Lead”.
     Links:
       24. http://www.oxfam.org.uk
       25. https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Ao-rEYaIcOJGdHAtSFVQZW43V3lub21vTkpjZFRHN0E&hl=en#gid=0
       26. http://www.oxfamamerica.org/publications/capacity-helping-countries-lead-1?utm_source=aideff@utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=aidreform

   A survey by the [27]Institute of Development Studies shows British
   [28]public scepticism about the impact of aid.
     Links:
       27. http://www.ids.ac.uk
       28. http://www.ids.ac.uk/go/news/uk-public-say-development-aid-is-morally-right-but-should-be-cut-to-deal-with-the-budget-deficit

   [29]AidData [30]geocoded aid projects in Kenya and Mozambique to highlight
   issues of donor duplication.
     Links:
       29. http://www.aiddata.org/home/index
       30. http://blog.aiddata.org/2010/08/responding-to-long-held-concerns-about.html

   Donor government transparency is shown to impact aid distribution in Joerg
   Faust’s [31]new paper.
     Links:
       31. http://www.publishwhatyoufund.org/news/2010/09/donor-government-transparency-levels-impact-aid-allocation

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       37. http://www.usglc.org/2010/08/05/2010-wash-conferenc

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