Geneva, 8 October 2014 - A leading aid transparency group has for the second year running ranked Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance as a leading organisation for openness and accountability.
Publish What You Fund’s 2014 Aid Transparency Index (ATI) placed Gavi 4th out of 68 organisations, including UN agencies and donor governments, working on international development. Gavi’s ranking puts it in the top category of transparent organisations alongside the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which top-scored with 91%, and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) who both, like Gavi, scored above 85%.
Publish What You Fund highlighted Gavi as the leading performer across a range of indicators including the publication of programme documents and publishing planning and financial information relating to the organisation as a whole. Gavi was also placed in the highest ‘ambitious’ category for its implementation schedule for commitments made at the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, in 2011.
“Our commitment to transparency and openness are central to ensuring we deliver effectively on our mission to save children’s lives,” said Gavi CEO Dr Seth Berkley. “Gavi remains a strong performer in this area and, as we ask donors and countries to dig deep to support immunisation, it is vital that they know we are an open and transparent organisation.”
Transparency is a key principle of international development. It enables all parties – including donors, beneficiaries and civil society groups – to hold each other accountable and drive change through effective use of funding. It also provides taxpayers with accurate information about how their governments are contributing to efforts to tackle poverty and inequality around the world. Accountability is one of the core principles of Gavi’s strategy.
Additionally, transparency is vital to ensuring vaccination programmes are sustainable because it enables all key constituencies to have clear visibility and oversight on the investments and impact being made by all parties towards the long-term success of immunisation.
There are seven organisations in the very good category in 2014 index. The ATI report notes that: “The Asian Development Bank, Sweden and World Bank IDA have made significant efforts in improving the range of information that they publish on their activities, catapulting them to the very good category for the first time. They join DFID, GAVI, MCC and UNDP, which were in this top category in 2013.”
In January 2015, Gavi donors will meet in Berlin to set out pledges which will enable the Vaccine Alliance to help developing countries immunise 300 million additional children, leading to five to six million lives being saved.
To access the Aid Transparency Index 2014, click here.