Access Info is part of a global campaign to promote transparency of international aid. We started researching this field in 2007 and in 2008, alongside Tiri, we helped to launch the Publish What You Fund initiative. Access Info helped draft a set of principles, the Aid Transparency Principles and has conducted monitoring of donor government transparency. We also conduct training and provide assistance to civil society organisations in developing countries who are trying to get more information about international aid flows.
International Aid Transparency Initiative
The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is a multi-stakeholder, government-led initiative which aims to increase the availability and accessibility of aid information.
The IATI focuses on donor transparency and is working to agree common standards of aid information that must be published by donors, taking into account the needs of all stakeholders. By aiming to make more aid information accessible the IATI is working to increase the ability of stakeholders to participate in decision making, increase aid effectiveness and address poverty.
New Report on Aid Transparency: Not Available! Not Accessible!
20 October 2009
Donor governments are failing to make available the information needed to prevent corruption in international aid projects and to permit taxpayers to evaluate the effectiveness of aid spending, according to a the report "Not Available! Not Accessible!" launched today by Access Info Europe.
The study found that only half (52%) of the basic information which should be published on aid agency is available. The evaluation of the websites of five leading aid agencies from Canada, France, Norway, Spain, and the UK, ranked Norway’s aid agency lowest with just 30% and found that the UK’s Department for International Development provided most information, achieving a score of 68%.
The Aid Transparency Toolkit
22 October 2009: Access Info today launched the Aid Transparency Toolkit, a guide for civil society organisations and members of the public interested in knowing more about how aid works and where the money goes to get the answers to their questions.
The toolkit provides answers to basic questions such as: What is the right of access to information? How do I get information about aid? Who can make a request? Where do I start looking? Do I have to pay a fee? How should I formulate my request? Who do I send it to? When will I receive the information? What do I do if my request is ignored or refused?