MESSAGE FROM ANDREW

Karin Christiansen, Publish What You Fund’s Director, was honoured as one of ’40 under 40’ development leaders in London at a reception this Monday; and as she is too modest to blow her own trumpet, I decided I would instead. The Publish What You Fund team were delighted to see her tireless work and valued contribution to development recognised.
 
In other news this month, we’ve seen some pushback on proposed aid transparency commitments from certain donors. At this crucial time, just 6 weeks before the High Level Forum, we can’t afford to lose ground. That’s why we’ve been talking to partners in target countries, sending letters to country ministers, and asking people to sign the Make Aid Transparent campaign to demonstrate public support for aid transparency.
 
In more encouraging news, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance set a fantastic example by both publishing to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) this month. And we hear that more are to come...
  
Andrew Clarke is Publish What You Fund's Advocacy Manager.

NEWS ROUNDUP

Publish What You Fund and over 50 other CSOs are urging donors and partner countries to reaffirm their commitments to aid transparency at Busan.

On Monday, over 10 000 Canadians asked their MPs and International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda to sign up to IATI, as part of a campaign led by Engineers Without Borders Canada.

Representative Ted Poe and 30 co-sponsors from both parties introduced The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 to ensure U.S. foreign assistance is more transparent, accountable and effective.

A new video released by Development Initiatives explains how IATI will improve the aid system.

In late September the freedom of expression and information campaign, ARTICLE 19, credited IATI as the most important advancement in rights to freedom of information in the last year.

Findings of the Paris Monitoring Survey have confirmed disappointing progress by donors against their aid effectiveness commitments made in 2005.

And last but not least, the pilot Aid Transparency Index 2011 is set for release in early November. Keep your eyes peeled to see where your government comes in the ranking!

CALL FOR ARTICLES

The aid transparency blog 'Full Disclosure' on leading development site Devex is looking for contributions on the following topics:
  • Why is aid transparency important for Busan?
  • What are you doing to camapign on aid transparency?
  • What do you think the 2012 agenda fro aid transparency should look like? 
Please contact Claudia.Elliot@PublishWhatYouFund.org if you would like to contribute.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Opening Aid Data for Better Development
19 October
Washington, D.C.

Open Government Data Camp
20 - 21 October
Warsaw

Workshop on Open Development Data
22 October
Warsaw

Workshop on Organisational Identifiers
23 October
Warsaw

G20 Summit
3 - 4 November
Cannes

Conference: Putting Aid Data To Work
4 November
Washington, D.C.

Reality of Aid Global Meeting
26 November
Busan

Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness
29 November - 1 December
Busan