15 January 2020

Stephanie Draper, CEO of Bond the UK network for NGOs said:

“Transparency is a precursor to making aid effective, as well as being accountable to the British taxpayer. Despite all ODA spending government departments committing to achieving ‘Good’ or ‘Very Good’ in the Aid Transparency Index by 2020, several, including the FCO have once again fallen short of meeting the government’s target. DFID, on the other hand, has been awarded ‘Very Good’ for 6 consecutive years. 
 
With persistent suggestions that the FCO’s role in relation to aid spending may be increased, it is particularly worrying that the department continues to be one of the worst performers on aid transparency. FCO must commit to more rapid improvements going beyond ‘Fair’ to ‘Very Good’ to improve the quality of its aid spend and to ensure it reaches those who need it the most. This means rapidly addressing any systemic barriers which may prevent further improvements, particularly in light of the upcoming foreign policy review.”

ENDS 

  1. Publish What You Fund is the global campaign for aid and development transparency. Launched in 2008, we envisage a world where aid and development information is transparent, available and used for effective decision-making, public accountability and lasting change for all citizens.
  2. For any enquiries about the Aid Transparency Index please contact Sam Cavenett, Communications Manager on [email protected] or 07866 241087 or Alex Tilley, Research Manager on [email protected] 
  3. Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 400 civil society organisations from across the UK and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
  4. For further information please contact Maryam Mohsin on 07555 336029 or [email protected]