Plan International USA President and CEO to Speak at Upcoming Aid Transparency Panel
On October 24th, the Brookings Institute, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund will launch the 2013 Aid Transparency Index, a global measure of the state of aid transparency in the world’s leading aid and development organizations.
Following the launch, Plan’s Tessie San Martin will join a high-level panel discussion with representatives from the U.S. government and the World Bank on the challenges that agencies face when publishing financial and programmatic information, and highlight the advances made in opening up access to information.
What: 2013 Aid Transparency Index launch
Where: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC
When: October 24th, 2013, 3:30pm-5:30pm, with a reception to follow
As part of its transparency initiative, this week, Plan International USA will begin publishing its aid information to meet the standards of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid in order to increase its effectiveness in tackling poverty. IATI brings together donors and developing countries, civil society organizations, and other experts in aid information who are committed to working together to increase the transparency of aid.
“Almost 200 organizations have committed to a common standard and time schedule for publishing aid information under the International Aid Transparency Initiative. This is great news for transparency advocates,” said San Martin. “Our commitment to publishing to IATI standards is driven by principle -how could we advocate effectively for transparency and increased accountability if we were not willing to walk the talk?”
IATI began its work by consulting developing country stakeholders about their information needs, and discussing with donors the most efficient and effective way of meeting these. On the basis of these consultations, IATI developed and agreed a common, open, standard for the publication of aid information – the IATI standard. Donors implement IATI by publishing their aid information in IATI’s agreed electronic format – usually on their website – with a link to a central registry, the IATI Registry, The Registry acts as an online repository or index of links for all of the raw data published to IATI.
To learn more about Plan’s participation in IATI, please visit:
To register for the live webcast, visit Brookings.edu.