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Donor Transparency Accelerates


October 28, 2013

IATI: the little transparency index that could

Doug Hadden, VP Products

Publish What You Fund launched the 2013 Aid Transparency Index at the Brookings Institution last week. The index was based on the extent to which donors supported practice elements of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). This might seem like one of those glass half full/half empty stories. My sense, having taken part is some IATI technical sessions, is that donor transparency is on the rise. There were many donors over the past few years who claimed that IATI support was expensive, could not be supported by current information systems and would not provide sufficient benefit.

The good thing about the Aid Transparency Index is that it creates disincentives for those donors that are not transparent. It creates motivation for donors to join IATI and implement more functions – for example, move from static PDF documents to machine-readable XML. Here are my notes from the event:

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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