PEPFAR Should ‘Become A Leader In Transparency’

Lancet Global Health: Governance and transparency at PEPFAR
Matthew Kavanagh of the University of Pennsylvania and Health GAP and Brook Baker of Northeastern University School of Law and Health GAP

“The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been one of the most effective foreign aid programs in history. … However, transparency has declined rather than improved. A recent analysis in the Aid Transparency Index ranked PEPFAR as very poor — 50th of 67 aid agencies worldwide. … It is time for PEPFAR to become a leader in transparency, to share its data in the service of its mission to end the AIDS crisis, and to expand real country ownership. If published as soon as they are approved for the coming year, with details about the interventions funded, geographic areas of activity, and specific goals and targets, then Country Operational Plans could be important instruments for partner governments and civil society…” (January 2014).