It sounds like a simple question and one that should have a quick answer – but it does not.
Donors have pledged in international agreements to provide such information by making their aid more open and effective, but most have failed to fulfill these promises. Making aid more transparent allows citizens in countries giving and receiving aid to know what it is funding and where. It is information that is essential for ensuring aid has the most impact. It is critical to make sure aid is not wasted or lost to corruption.
A new campaign, “Make Aid Transparent”, hopes to change the status quo on how donors are providing information on their aid flows. Campaign members, including Transparency International, ONE and Oxfam International, aim to get donors to provide more and better information.
The data is already there. Citizens have the right to access it to ensure that aid is producing sustainable and positive changes on fighting poverty and promoting development. Now is the time for donors to open their books. And now is the time for citizens to send them the clear message to do it.
You can sign the Make Aid Transparent petition below…