Who’d have thought we would have come so far? 2011 was the year real political will and commitment to aid transparency was demonstrated. Now the challenge for 2012 is ensuring these good intentions turn into implementation, and we thought it might be helpful to set out what Publish What You Fund sees as priorities for the coming year.
If only in volume terms, the U.S. agencies publishing their aid information to the common standard on the IATI registry is essential.  Germany, as a founding signatory of IATI, must begin to publish its data to the standard, and the two major non-signatory donors, Japan and France, must also be priorities to ensure the progress of the last year continues.
There are, of course, other important resource flows to developing countries that need to be incorporated to ensure coverage is comprehensive; particularly humanitarian aid and climate finance. We’d be very interested in hearing from any partners who would like to explore working with us on the transparency of broader development related flows and non-traditional donors.
Publish What You Fund will also be continuing to monitor donors’ progress, releasing our annual (and slightly refined) ranking, the 2012 Aid Transparency Index, and engaging with the Open Government Partnership and the Post-Busan Monitoring Framework processes.
Here’s to another successful year, and even more transparent aid.


Raj Shah, USAID Administrator, joined us for the presentation of the Pilot Aid Transparency Index 2011 at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. in January, where discussion centred on what the U.S. must do to realise its aid transparency commitments. Watch the event again here.
parliamentary report published by the UK’s International Development Committee (IDC) has recommended that private foundations delivering aid money sign up to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) to improve their transparency and accountability.
report released by the Centre for Law and Democracy highlights that disclosure policies of international financial institutions are unnecessarily lagging behind that of national public bodies, particularly in the case of exceptions for the protection of commercial interests.
The extended function of the OECD DAC Working Party on Aid Effectiveness for the first half of 2012 was agreed at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. Delegated negotiations in the Post-Busan Interim Group will be developing a governance structure for the new Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, and a set of indicators and channels through which global monitoring and accountability will be supported, with the final meeting of the Working Party scheduled for June.


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