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Open Aid Partnership


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The Open Aid Partnership brings together development partners from developing countries and donor countries to increase the transparency of development aid and how it is reported. Partners will make information and data on their activities available in an easily accessible way. This will help to inform citizens at the local level and empower them to provide feedback on services received.

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Open Aid Partnership

  1. 1. Transparency of development assistance, public budgets and service deliveryis critical for citizen engagement. Innovative technologies, such as mapping,provide powerful new tools for strategic planning and for greater transparencyand accountability. Recognizing the significant impact that these innovationsand an empowered civil society can have on improving developmenteffectiveness, the World Bank Institute (WBI) and bilateral donor partners,foundations and civil society have formed an Open Aid Partnership (OAP).The Partnership will be working in close collaboration with the InternationalAid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the Open Government Partnership(OGP). The partnership brings development partners together to enhance theopenness and effectiveness of development assistance.Road ConstructedTeachers TrainedOpen Local Datafor Better AidCoordination
  2. 2. Using geographic data for increased aid transparency,citizen engagement, and better results to:• Improve aid transparency and coordination by developing and Open Aid Mapthat visualizes the location of donor-financed programs at the local level.• Better monitor the impact of development programs on citizen well being.• Enhance the targeting of development programs.• Foster accountability by empowering citizens to provide direct feedback onproject results.• Strengthen capacity of civil society and citizens to use open aid data.Open Aid Map MoldovaThe OAP has worked with theVisegrád group (Hungary,Poland, Slovakia and the CzechRepublic) to visualize their aidprograms in Moldova, in orderto enhance donor coordination.
  3. 3. The Open Aid Partnership builds on the success of the Mapping for Resultsinitiative ( that has visualized all locations of activeWorld Bank projects. Mapping for Results overlays disaggregated povertyand human development data with World Bank projects at the sub-nationallevel. This contributes to:• Better monitoring of project results.• Enhancing aid coordination and transparency.• Increasing social accountability.• Better targeting donor activities.• Enabling citizens to provide feedback on project results.Mapping Aid forBetter ResultsBednets ProvidedSolar Panel Installed
  4. 4. Open Aid Map MalawiThe Malawi Ministry of Finance, Debt and Aid Coordination Unit (DACU) incooperation with AidData and University of Texas Strauss Center’s Climate Changeand African Political Stability (CCAPS) Program has led the effort to implement thefirst Open Aid pilot and has geo-coded the aid activities of 27 different donors.
  5. 5. Componentsof the PartnershipFacilitate the visualization of donor-funded projects and create a collaborativeOpen Aid Map.Support partner countries in building locally-owned mapping platforms thatimprove transparency and aid coordination.Promote ICT-enabled citizen feedback loops for better reporting ondevelopment assistance and public service provision.Build capacity of civil society use Open Aid Data to strengthen socialaccountability and develop institutional capacity in governments to receiveand respond to citizen feedback.Evaluate the development impact of locally-owned mapping platforms andICT-enabled citizen feedback loops. Network Provided
  6. 6. “The idea behind this partnership is to make our development cooperationmore participatory also in our partner countries, building systems that can beused for citizens and civil society to exercise accountability.”—Gunilla Carlsson, MinisterThe Swedish Ministry for Development“When the beneficiaries of development efforts are empowered with the rightinformation, the accountability chain improves.  Especially when suchinformation is timely, easily understandable, and readily accessible, and evenmore so when poor people can voice their opinions and provide feedback. TheOpen Aid Partnership offers a vision for making this happen on a large scale forthe many stakeholders of the development process. And by helping to give voiceto the poor, it can have a transformative impact on results.”  —Jean-Louis Sarbib, CEODevelopment Gateway and former Senior Vice President, World Bank“The Open Aid Partnership aims to establish a feedback loop between citizensand governments concerning effectiveness of aid programs and the quality ofpublic services. This requires improved access to information and open data onproject locations.”Czech Development AgencyVaccines DeliveredSanitation Program Provided
  7. 7. “Imagine this: A health care worker or parent in a village, with a laptop or mobiledevice, can access development knowledge in real time through geocoding andgeomapping. She can see which schools have feeding programs and which gowithout, and what is happening to local health. She can access 20 years of dataon infant mortality for her country and its neighbors. She can dig deeply andcompare her village with others. She can upload her own data, throw light on thelikely effect of new interventions, and mobilize the community to demand betteror more targeted health programs.”—Robert Zoellick, PresidentThe World BankFor more information, please contactBjorn-Soren GiglerOpen Aid PartnershipWorld Bank Institutebgigler@worldbank.orgSeth AyersOpen Aid PartnershipWorld Bank