Publish What You Fund

Publish What You Fund is a global campaign for aid transparency – more and better information about aid.

Background

Publish What You Fund is the global campaign for aid transparency . It advocates for the disclosure of timely, accessible and comparable information on aid agencies and organizations , and was launched at the 2008 Accra 3-High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. Its main funders are the Hewlett Foundation and the Open Society Foundation.

Publish What You Fund urges donors to disclose their aid and information regularly, and in a standardized format that will be comparable to other countries and accessible to all. They support the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard and promote the central importance of international cooperation. Their campaign for aid is primarily focused on the US, US and World Bank, as the world’s largest aid donors.

In December 2011, at the 4-High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, the world’s most prominent development actors committed to publishing their business by 2015. Publish What You Fund will be working to ensure that donors redouble efforts to fulfill their commitments.

The Issue

Aid has the power to radically transform lives. It can help lift people out of poverty and give assistance to those living in deprivation. But its potential is not fully realized because we need to know more about how it is spent.

Transparency in aid is essential There are currently no more information available on the subject of aid, which,

  • Donor governments do not know what other donors are spending or planning to spend. This is leading to the duplication of efforts in some areas and underfunding in others. Without help, they can not find the maximum impact with their resources.
  • Recipient governments struggle to know how much is invested in their country, let alone where and how it is spent. Recipients need more information to make the most effective use of their own money. When donors do not publish their spending plans, this impedes the recipient’s ability to plan long-term projects, which in turn hinders development. When recipients can not be helped in their budgets and planning, it is hard for parliament and civil society to hold them to account.
  • Civil society in recipient countries, including NGOs, lawmakers and citizens, have the right to know what is coming into the country and what it is being spent on. Because they are not free, they are hampered in their efforts to hold governments to account. This lack of transparency can lead to waste and increases the potential for corruption.

The Aid Transparency Solution

The starting point for making a difference is having the time of day, and it is going well. Information on help and support for effective living, evaluation, and accountability.

In order to promote more effective aid, they need to provide information in a common format that meets the needs of recipient governments and civil society. Full engagement from donors would mean that a big picture of all of us could be available for all to see.

Activities

Publish What You Fund works for the sake of transparency, both of aid [1] and in other areas. [2] The organization’s primary advocacy targets are large donors, who can change or prevent the availability of both the technical and the civil service. They produce an annual Transparency Index to support their advocacy efforts; in 2011, the index showed that the aid is now available to help them improve their transparency. The 2012 Aid Transparency Index is currently in development.

Publish What You Fund for the International Aid Transparency Initiative . Currently, there are more than 10 IATI, and 20 agencies and organizations are publishing their information to the standard IATI.

The organization maintains a small office in London and works with the United States and the United States. It carries out research and monitoring to track the progress of aid in countries.

Principles

What You Have Found With Four Key Principles:

  1. Information should be published proactively – an organization should tell people what they are doing, when and how.
  2. Information on help should be timely, accessible and comparable – the information provided should be in a format that is useful.
  3. Everyone has the right to request and receive information
  4. The right of access to information should be promoted – an organization should actively promote the fact that people have this right.

References

  1. Jump up^ EU Aidwatch Report 2009
  2. Jump up^ The Open Knowledge Foundation

External links

  • http://www.publishwhatyoufund.org
  • http://www.aidinfo.org
  • http://www.comminit.com/en/node/289977/bbc
  • http://www.okfn.org/

Further reading

  • ‘Accountability, media and the development system: a complicated romance’

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