Transparency crucial for successful development
Geneva, 22 April 2013 – The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) published its first annual report today in which they detail the growing commitment among development partners to providing timely, comprehensive and comparable information about the aid they provide.
Developing countries face huge challenges in accessing up-to-date information about aid – information that they need to plan and manage those resources effectively. Similarly, citizens in developing countries and in donor countries lack the information they need to hold their governments to account for use of those resources. IATI aims to address this by making information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand.
Making a difference at country level
In November 2012 the Minister of Planning in the Democratic Republic of Congo became the first party to use IATI data to feed their aid information management system by enabling automatic feed of data from GAVI, along with data from DFID and the Global Fund.
The GAVI Alliance was a founding signatory to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) in 2008, and uses this global standard to publish its aid information. In the report, IATI refers to GAVI’s Access to Information Policy which outlines how the Secretariat is operationalising its transparency objectives. This policy is in place to enhance GAVIs accountability, by providing access to the information that will enable GAVI partners and stakeholders to understand its governance, strategies, policies and activities.
In March 2013 GAVI published its implementation schedule detailing how the organisation will increase its transparency by 2015, in line with its Busan commitment.