USAID, U.S. Treasury Release New Aid Data Sets

“For the first time ever, you can visit the Foreign Assistance Dashboard and check out how our partners have spent our dollars,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog,” noting the “unprecedented release of new financial data includes over 30 database fields and nearly 53,000 records — all from the first three quarters of fiscal year 2013.” He states, “This release is just the latest in a series of important changes we have made to advance President Obama’s unparalleled commitment to transparency and our own USAID Forward reform agenda” (7/30). In similar news, “[t]he Treasury Department has new data on its website on where and how it spent $23 million in FY 2012 technical assistance, and it’s available in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) format,” Sarah Jane Staats, director of the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program, writes in the “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog.” She adds, “Both sets of new data — from Treasury and USAID — are important steps towards the Obama administration’s ‘open aid’ efforts and staff at the agencies and the Dashboard deserve credit” (7/29).