February 2, 2011

Scriptoria Blog

Devex calls for aid transparency - Up the revolution!

We at Scriptoria are right behind a campaign launched by Devex to prise open the sometimes murky world of aid money.

“Aid transparency … is a new aid revolution that sees international development organizations releasing more and better information in the name of accountability and effectiveness,” says Devex, the largest provider of business intelligence and recruitment services to the development community.

“With the new transparency come opportunities and challenges for donors and implementers alike.”

Too right. For too long, aid donors and recipients have been able to hide their failings under the cover of confidentiality. Some vested interests will resist, but we agree with Devex that openness is liberating and offers great opportunities, not least to the people and communities who are supposed to benefit.

To back up its campaign, Devex is launching Full Disclosure: The aid transparency blog in collaboration with Publish What You Fund, the London-based aid transparency group.

The blog is entirely user-generated, so add your thoughts to it now, along with donor officials, aid workers, IT experts, advocates and others who are telling us about their struggles and successes in boosting aid transparency and making use of the newly available data.

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