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Aid Transparency Assessment

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  1. Aid Transparency Assessment Karin Christiansen Paris, 25 October 2010

  2. Aims & Objectives • We know that aid is not always delivering the maximum impact possible • Aid transparency is fundamental to delivering on donors’ aspirations and the promise of aid • Essential to AAA specific aid transparency commitments as well as Paris Dec and HLF4 • Our attempt to undertake a comparative stock take of the current levels of aid transparency

  3. The Publish What You Fund Aid Transparency Principles • Information on aid should be published proactively • Information on aid should be comprehensive, timely, accessible and comparable • Everyone can request and receive information on aid processes • The right of access to information about aid should be promoted

  4. Approach & Methodology • Aim to assess levels of publication for the full range of information types in terms of their comprehensiveness, timeliness and comparability • But methodology was driven by lack of primary data available • Peer review committee established to advise on approach and methodology

  5. Methodology • 30 donors – because they were in the datasets • 7 indicators in 3 categories • 8 data sources (from 2006 to 2010) • 3 categories given equal weighting

  6. Indicators & data sources

  7. Findings Finding 1: There is a lack of comparable and primary data Finding 2: There is wide variation in levels of donor transparency, across different types of donors Finding 3: There are significant weaknesses across indicators

  8. Finding 1: There is a lack of comparable and primary data

  9. Finding 2: There is wide variation in levels of donor transparency, across different types of donors

  10. Overall Score

  11. Finding 3: Significant weaknesses across indicators

  12. Performance across the three categories

  13. Conclusions Conclusion 1: The lack of primary data means that it is not currently possible to assess donor aid transparency in the degree of detail desirable Conclusion 2: Even so, we know enough to be confident that there is room for improvement across all indicators assessed

  14. Recommendations Recommendation 1: Donors have demonstrated they can make information available, so they should Recommendation 2: Transform more information into better information through a common standard – mappable, searchable, useable Recommendation 3: Ensure common standard delivers for everyone – recipient systems esp. budgets, donors internal systems, HLF 4

  15. Future aid transparency assessments • Future assessments would ideally cover greater range of aid agencies (e.g. all donor govts incl. ‘emerging’ donors, humanitarian agencies, INGOs, private companies, contractors) • Disaggregate donor performance country by country, programme by programme – variation inside agencies • Cover range of info types from aid policies/ procedures; aid strategies; aid flows; terms of aid; procurement; assessments of aid & aid effectiveness; integrity procedures; public participation; to access to info mechanism BUT need your help and suggestions on way forward

  16. Feedback & Questions Other data sources? Approaches to next year’s assessment? Possible partners? Our contacts: Rachel.Rank@PublishWhatYouFund.org Karin.Christiansen@PublishWhatYouFund.org