All of the top 25 scorers in the 2014 Aid Transparency Index (ATI) publish to the IATI Standard. Released today, the ATI uses 39 weighted indicators to measure commitment to aid transparency and publication of aid information. This year saw a rise in the number of agencies ranked in the ‘very good’ category, from four in 2013 to seven this year.
“There is a race to the top,” the ATI notes, “but the majority of organisations are lagging behind in meeting their international commitments.”
UNDP was the top performer, with an overall score of 91 percent. The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), GAVI and Sweden come hot on the heels of UNDP, all performing well on most indicators.
“Transparency is core to our mission,” says Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. “UNDP is committed to working in the open to spark innovation, to ensure the best possible use of funds entrusted to it and to accelerate the development of a sustainable future for all.”
Some high-performing organisations from the 2013 ATI, including IATI members the African and Asian Development Banks, Canada and three EC agencies – DG Enlargement, DG DEVCO and the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments; the Global Fund, IDB, UNICEF and World Bank IDA have performed even better in 2014, with an increase in absolute scores since 2013.
These organisations are joined by others such as Finland, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PEPFAR, Spain and Switzerland, which have all started publishing more current information on their activities to the IATI Registry in 2014.