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A new aid transparency index : What comes after number one ?

Transparency is a journey. Accountability is the goal.

The 2013 Aid Transparency Index is out today, and this is good news for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which has taken the top ranking. In fact, every US government agency in the index that administers aid has improved in publishing more of their own data and coordinating among themselves. These are important steps towards the President’s executive order and bulletin 12-01 on open data, which provides detailed policy guidance for agencies’ compliance with international commitments like the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

The news is also good for DFID, which came third in this year’s index only because MCC and the GAVI Alliance made high-quality publications under IATI. DFID, which has fostered IATI since its inception and recently handed it over to a new IATI consortium headed by UNDP, should see MCC and GAVI’s success as a reflection of its own commitment to promoting the release of timely, detailed, comparable and machine-readable data by international aid donors. In fact, the success of MCC in reaching the top of the ATI rankings really reflects the success of IATI as the manifestation of the global push for open aid data. With the publication of the 2013 ATI today and MCC’s success, it’s an important moment to recognize the progress that’s been made on advancing transparency in US foreign aid.

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Source : Oxfam America

Publié le 29 octobre 2013

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