OpenTheGovernment.org is joining with Publish What You Fund and more than fifty civil society groups from twenty countries to call on governments and other donors to publish more and better information about the aid they give. Greater transparency will increase aid’s effectiveness, reduce waste and corruption, and help make sure that citizens are able to hold their governments to account.
Aid makes a real difference. It can save lives, put kids into school, and reduce poverty and suffering. But at the moment no one knows exactly how much money is being spent, where or on what. In most cases, not even governments receiving aid have a full picture of where all the money goes. This undermines aid’s potential and its effectiveness. With more information, citizens in both donor and recipient countries could know whether aid money was having the best possible impact.
2011 is a critical moment. Governments have promised to be more transparent and at a big international meeting at the end of this year we have the chance to hold them to account. A public push for greater transparency now will make a huge difference.
As citizens we have a right to know how aid money is being spent. So please sign the petition calling on governments to make their aid transparent now. At a time when public budgets are under pressure and the effectiveness of international aid is being scrutinized, increased transparency is an easy win that could deliver a huge boost to poverty reduction, without needing more money.