BY CHARLOTTE SMITH | OCT 31, 2018 | BLOG
This past week, I was lucky enough to attend the United Nations World Data Forum in Dubai. While this is only the second World Data Forum to be held, the first in Cape Town in 2017, the importance of good quality, open data to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is clear. I was keen to share the findings of our US Foreign Assistance Project, and to experience all the different ways transparency is important to the Sustainable Development Agenda. Here are my top 4 takeaways:
Our vision: We envisage a world where aid and development information is transparent, available and used for effective decision-making, public accountability and lasting change for all citizens.
Our mission: To promote aid and development finance information that is transparent, available and usable.
Our strategic pillars:
1) Fulfilling the promise: Collaborating to ensure that data is used to contribute to improved development outcomes and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
BY CHARLOTTE SMITH
We’ve recently begun looking into what role, if any, transparency could play in the push for more or better gender equality. Although we’re still in the early stages, along the way we’ve made some pretty interesting discoveries and wanted to share what we have learned so far.
The data is needed
2015 was an important year for international development, with governments agreeing to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next fifteen years. It was also a critical year for aid transparency. Back in 2011, leading donors committed in Busan to make their aid transparent by the end of 2015.
Development Initiatives and Publish What You Fund today launched a new joint project aimed at improving the way that data can be shared and used. The Joined-Up Data Standards project, supported by Omidyar Network, seeks to change the way in which the standards that govern development data are designed and how they can be aligned to bring data together from multiple data standards. The aim is to achieve greater interoperability of data to improve decision-making and accountability.
The 2014 ATI results follow the trends observed in previous years. A lead group of organisations are making significant and continuous improvements to the information they publish on their current aid activities – and many others have taken steps towards improving their publication in 2014 – but the majority have not made significant progress and continue to lag behind.
2013 ATI: MORE IS NOT ENOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO AID INFO