Friday, July 23, 2010

Transparency as opportunity

When it rains, it pours...

DfID announced in June that it is going to make its aid fully transparent to citizens in the UK and recipient countries. This was followed in July by the IATI meeting, where participants agreed to provide more responsive, detailed and transparent information about aid programs. And literally a few days,  later SIDA, Sweden’s official aid agency, committed itself to this transparency movement.

SIDA sees this not only as a defensive move (“today’s reality” of demands for accountability) but also as an opportunity: a major goal is to: “to promote fresh thinking and harness the knowledge that exists in different parts of society.”

As I have said before, the devil is in the details, but it is encouraging to see SIDA commit itself to this.  How long will it take other agencies to get on board?
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