Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Who owns it?

Although its argument is sound, Oxfam America's recent report on the control of aid flows can't help but attract cries of hypocrisy.

One of the 3 themes is 'information'; they piously call for country donors to be transparent about what they fund.

Making US foreign aid transparent is not just important to US taxpayers. It’s fundamental to smart development. Unless recipient countries get comprehensive, accessible, timely, and comparable information from donors, intended recipients can’t hold their governments accountable, and those governments can’t plan, prioritize, or explain to their populations what they are doing.

Why can't Oxfam follow its own advice and publish details of what it funds? At the moment even donors aren't privy to a full breakdown.

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