Today, Publish What You Fund launched its seventh Aid Transparency Index. The Index measures development organisations’ implementation of their transparency commitments through the open publication of aid information.
The Aid Transparency Index 2020 report was presented at the online launch hosted by the Brookings Institute. The Asian Development Bank came top of the Index, with the World Bank - IDA (International Development Association) ranking second and UNDP achieving third place. The report shares details about the assessment of 45 organisations, including donor governments, UN agencies and development finance institutions.
Publish What You Fund’s assessment shows significant improvement in donors’ overall transparency, where 11 donors moved into the ‘very good’ category, an increase of four from the 2018 Index. The report notes:
"The improvement in scores reflects that donors are publishing increasingly more, better-quality data in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard."
“The improvement in scores reflects that donors are publishing increasingly more, better-quality data in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard. All of the donors, except those in the ‘very poor’ category, published IATI data about their activities and policies, meaning their information is open, timely, comparable, and centralised, meeting the international standard for aid transparency. We also saw donors improving the completeness of their IATI data, with 21 of the donors publishing against at least one additional indicator as compared to their 2018 performance, and nine donors starting to publish data against at least five more of the indicators.”
IATI congratulates all organisations who have worked closely with our Secretariat to improve the quality of the data they publish according to the IATI Standard.