The basic principles of transparency, accountability and citizen engagement are now accepted as central to more effective development and are reflected in the current discussions on the post-2015 Development Agenda and calls for a data revolution. As the development community looks to the future to define its goals over the coming years, it is important to reflect on progress to date, particularly on the commitments made and the lessons learnt from delivering them.
At the first High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico in 2014, donors reaffirmed their past commitments to publish information to a common, open standard, incorporating the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), by the end of 2015. As this deadline rapidly approaches, we are at a crucial point in the push for aid transparency. There is an urgent need for the donor community to redouble its efforts and to collectively raise the level of ambition to deliver on these commitments over the next 14 months.
While significant progress was made in the early days of aid transparency in terms of donors committing to share information on their aid activities in a more comprehensive, comparable, accessible and timely manner by publishing to the IATI Standard, the 2014 Aid Transparency Index (ATI) findings show that progress on implementation continues to be slow and uneven.