Illustrative Results

Improving Effectiveness through Aid Transparency

InterAction believes that access to information can have a powerful impact on positive global change. How do you realize this potential? Information must be made available in accessible language and format, and on a timely basis. Why bother? This transparency is essential not only for ensuring accountability to our staff, members, donors, and partners (among others), but also to enabling learning and good performance. In a world with ever-higher expectations of openness, transparency is also key to maintaining legitimacy and credibility.

As an expression of our commitment to transparency and openness, InterAction adopted an open information policy in 2014.

As an expression of our commitment to transparency and openness, InterAction adopted an open information policy in 2014 to guide our information sharing. The policy describes our approach to transparency and our criteria for determining whether or not information can be shared. In line with that policy, we made the information on our website more accessible, and made a commitment to publish data on our activities according to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard.

InterAction isn’t only working on our own transparency, however. We are also supporting the broader aid community on the road to transparency. InterAction held a six-part multi-organization transparency matters blog series on what it means to be transparent and how transparency can impact aid effectiveness. We are also working with partners to push for improvements in the aid transparency of U.S. government agencies, and are helping increase transparency in the NGO community through initiatives like NGO Aid Map. NGO Aid Map, which went global in June 2014, allows InterAction members to share information on their work project-by-project. The initiative aims to be a comprehensive resource on the collective contributions of our community, and demonstrates organizations’ willingness to be held accountable for their programs.

Photo: Terry Fitzpatrick