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