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Report By Aid Watchdog Group Finds Many International Donors Lack Transparency

IRIN examines the results of a report by the aid watchdog group Publish What You Fund that examines “whether donors publish information about their budgets, their allocation and procurement policies, or audit reports on their own performance” and “finds that most international aid donors are still not open enough about their aid programs, and some offer no information at all.” The report, which “ranks 58 aid-giving countries and organizations according to their openness about 37 aspects of their aid programs,” was released in anticipation of the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness to be held in Busan, South Korea, at the end of the month, where “transparency will be up for discussion,” according to IRIN. Some of the organizations ranked in the report include the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the GAVI Alliance, the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) and the African Development Bank, according to IRIN (11/16).