Over the past decade aid transparency has moved from being a little-known concept to the norm. The value of making timely and accurate aid data publicly available is now widely accepted as essential to good decision-making. Good data is the foundation of rigorous monitoring and real-time feedback, and is at the heart of transparency and … Continue reading U.S. aid transparency: Looking back but pressing forward
Starting today, NGO Aid Map will begin publishing its data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative(IATI). This means the addition of data from more than 100 InterAction member organizations with thousands of projects, spanning almost all countries and sectors. NGO Aid Map data will be published daily so there is little to no delay between the time we get … Continue reading InterAction’s NGO Aid Map Publishes 11,500+ Projects to IATI — And Counting
At the policy level, the commitment and leadership of the Obama administration—through several White House directives instructing all agencies to embrace open government and open data that is machine readable and readily usable—has been superb. It has demonstrated it understands the value of making U.S. assistance data publicly available through the innovative Foreign Assistance Dashboard and subsequent agreement to join the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
ompleting the transformation of U.S. foreign assistance will reposition the U.S. as not just the most generous, but also the most strategic, innovative, and effective player in global development. We have saved and improved millions of lives over the last ten years and our efforts have helped strengthen our image abroad: a new field survey of aid recipient countries by Oxfam America finds that 83 percent of respondents believe the U.S. is a better development partner now than five years ago. The opportunity at hand for the next ten years is to turn progress into lasting change by helping those people take control of their own lives.
This progress could not have come at a better time; budget pressures demand better results, and the Agency will bear greater responsibility at the leading edge of U.S. foreign policy as our military leverage decreases in places like Afghanistan and the greater Middle East.
Building stronger and more responsive government institutions is a challenging task, particularly in a country like Liberia that has been so deeply impacted by war.
Today USAID will unveil a new resilience strategy to support chronically risk-prone communities in between, before and after the repeat cycles of disaster. Furthermore, the agency will begin to broadly apply instruments, such as the “crisis modifier”, to quicken the pace of disaster response in the Horn of Africa and in other regions.
At PATH, we integrate the country ownership approach in three ways. First, we ensure that key local and national stakeholders are involved in the planning, implementation, and execution of health programs. Second, we help donors to coordinate their aid around current national strategies. And finally, we help ensure that local and national policymakers have the information they need to make the best decisions for their country’s future.
See below for a guest blog from Matthew Pickard, Save the Children’s Malawi Country Director. This is the fifth post in our field feedback series and the second in Save’s “Aid Reform Stories from the Field” series. Click here to read a post from Save the Children in Guatemala, Women Thrive in Ghana, Oxfam America in Uganda, and Management … Continue reading Fighting global poverty with locally led strategies
Today, PROSALUD has created a primary and secondary health care model that works in six of Bolivia’s nine departments, operating 27 clinics, five hospitals, and one child development center. All of its clinics have pharmacies, delivery rooms, waiting rooms, and reception rooms. The clinics and ambulance services operate every hour of the year. And while it is primarily known for providing quality services at a low cost, its reach and accessibility has combined to produce extraordinary numbers in health service delivery: more than 6.7 million medical consultations, more than 2.2 million immunizations, and more than 75,000 births.