With just over a year to go till the deadline calling for donors to publish their aid information to a common, open standard, the Index shows the urgent need for most donors to speed up their efforts. The deadline to achieve transparency of aid by the end of 2015 was set at the Busan conference on aid effectiveness in 2011.
Topping the 2014 index is the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)-hosting consortium partner, United Nations Development Programme. The UK’s Department for International Development, who previously led IATI, has continued to improve the quality of its IATI data from an already high base, coming second this year. There is much else to celebrate in this year’s Index, including that donors like France and Japan have begun publishing to IATI for the first time.
Since its launch in 2011, the Index has established its reputation as a respected donor accountability tool, enabling stakeholders to hold their governments to account on the transparency of their aid. We know first-hand from our technical work to support IATI publishers that the Index is taken seriously by those who are monitored by it, and as a result, it can use its engagement with donors to drive improvements in aid transparency.
With the clock ticking towards the Busan deadline of December 2015, it is clear that there is still a long way to go until all Busan endorsers fulfil their commitment to “implement a common, open standard for electronic publication of timely, comprehensive and forward-looking information on resources provided through development cooperation”.
The challenge in the coming year is for all Busan endorsers to up their game to meet this commitment. The results of next year’s Index will be an indication of whether they are serious about meeting that challenge.