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Monday, 26 April 2010

Aid transparency: the practitioner’s perspective

Christiansen is the Director of Publish What You Fund, a global campaign for aid transparency. Whether aid works is a topic of controversy with debate ranging from aid advocates like Jeffrey Sachs and Bono to aid skeptics like Bill Easterly and Dambisa Moyo. Publish What You Fund is the global campaign for aid transparency and this article will present our “practitioners’”perspective on who needs aid transparency, why and how, along with what types of information need to be disclosed. Despite the space between policy positions, aid transparency is emerging as an area of common ground between sceptics and advocates. For sceptics it has the potential to reduce distortions. For advocates it is a way of improving both the quality and impact of aid. There are groups who will not gain from greater aid transparency; people and institutions for whom changes in the status quo would be costly. However, there are a number of overlapping sets of players in aid relationships for whom greater levels of access to information would be of significant value.

Source: Yale Journal of International Affairs