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Challenging corruption in Afghanistan

Two years ago all the major donors to Afghanistan met in Tokyo to map a way forward for the war-torn country. Then president Hamid Karzai promised if the money kept coming in he would ensure it would not be lost to corruption. At the time Transparency International recommended a raft of measures aimed at curbing […]

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Publishing what you fund can stop corruption

The unthinkable just a few years ago is now starting to happen: sunlight is slowly beginning to shine on aid flowing from donors to countries in need. Timely, understandable, accessible and detailed information about what the United States or the United Kingdom is giving – from Afghanistan to Zambia – is starting to be published. […]

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Does open data make development more accountable? The case of Colombia

Mapping different data sets from a country – with bright colours and click-through functions – may be a visual delight for developers and the tech-savvy, but what do these maps offer those crafting public policies? After all, the point of open data is to make more accountable and effective decision-making – whether it is about […]

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“F” for aid transparency: Why are development actors not making the grade?

Public information would seem like a pre-requisite if a government is to be managing billions in tax payers’ money. It would even appear more tantamount if this money was destined for the world’s poorest as development financing for schools, clinics, clean water and environmental projects. Yet the world’s aid industry – which totaled nearly US$ […]

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Post-conflict aid spending in Georgia must be transparent

Caitlin Ryan, from Transparency International’s Georgia chapter, writes about the way post-conflict aid is being handled. After the August 2008 war with Russia, the international community pledged USD 4.5 billion for post-war recovery in Georgia. Citizens want to know how the money is being spent. Reports paint a mixed picture of aid to Georgia. It has […]

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UK Kenya aid scandal highlights transparency role in development

Daniela Christen, from Transparency International Switzerland, presents a practical guide for NGOs on dealing with corruption in development cooperation. The British government will ask for a return of large amounts of money they had given to the Kenyan government for a free education scheme. Between 2005 and 2009 corrupt officials of the Kenyan education and […]

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G8 short on accountability when it comes to aid

By Craig Fagan, Senior Policy Coordinator at Transparency International. The recent meetings in Deauville, France , which brought together the world’s eight leading industrialised (G8), did not score well when it comes to accountability.

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