Aid Transparency Assessment
Karin Christiansen
Paris, 25 October 2010
Aims & Objectives
• We know that aid is not always delivering the
maximum impact possible
• Aid transparency is fundamenta...
The Publish What You Fund Aid
Transparency Principles
1. Information on aid should be published
proactively
2. Information...
Approach & Methodology
• Aim to assess levels of publication for the full
range of information types in terms of their
com...
Methodology
• 30 donors – because they were in the datasets
• 7 indicators in 3 categories
• 8 data sources (from 2006 to ...
Indicators & data sources
Findings
Finding 1: There is a lack of comparable
and primary data
Finding 2: There is wide variation in levels
of donor t...
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
Overall Score
Finding 3:
Significant weaknesses across
indicators
Performance across the three categories
Conclusions
Conclusion 1: The lack of primary data means
that it is not currently possible to assess donor
aid transparenc...
Recommendations
Recommendation 1: Donors have
demonstrated they can make information
available, so they should
Recommendat...
Future aid transparency assessments
• Future assessments would ideally cover greater
range of aid agencies (e.g. all donor...
Feedback & Questions
Other data sources?
Approaches to next year’s assessment?
Possible partners?
Our contacts:
Rachel.Ran...
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  • Table shows donor performance across all three categories. Average score is shown at the top.
  • Publish What You Fund's Aid Transparency Assessment launch

    1. 1. Aid Transparency Assessment Karin Christiansen Paris, 25 October 2010
    2. 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. 3. The Publish What You Fund Aid Transparency Principles 1. Information on aid should be published proactively 2. Information on aid should be comprehensive, timely, accessible and comparable 3. Everyone can request and receive information on aid processes 4. The right of access to information about aid should be promoted
    4. 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. 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. 6. Indicators & data sources
    7. 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. 8. Finding 1: There is a lack of comparable and primary data
    9. 9. Finding 2: There is wide variation in levels of donor transparency, across different types of donors
    10. 10. Overall Score
    11. 11. Finding 3: Significant weaknesses across indicators
    12. 12. Performance across the three categories
    13. 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. 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. 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. 16. Feedback & Questions Other data sources? Approaches to next year’s assessment? Possible partners? Our contacts: Rachel.Rank@PublishWhatYouFund.org Karin.Christiansen@PublishWhatYouFund.org

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