Laia Griñó

Laia Griñó is Director of Transparency, Accountability and Results at InterAction, the largest alliance of international NGOs and partners in the U.S. Laia leads InterAction’s efforts to increase transparency, accountability and effectiveness in the NGO sector, and to increase the transparency of U.S. foreign assistance. This involves supporting the development of InterAction’s NGO Aid Map, advocating for improvements in the quality and accessibility of aid data published by the U.S. government, and managing InterAction’s Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Working Group (EPEWG). This working group seeks to improve InterAction members’ capacity to measure their effectiveness, and to inform donor M&E policies and practices.

Laia is currently leading a two-year, multi-partner project to increase the transparency of funding for food security and agriculture. The goal of this work is to ensure that those providing funding in this sector have the data they need to make good investment decisions, and that those working to improve the effectiveness of those resources have the data they need to hold organizations accountable.

With InterAction since 2007, she has expertise on a diverse set of issues including aid effectiveness, local ownership, foreign aid reform, private development assistance, open (and responsible) data, and monitoring and evaluation. Laia holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) with a concentration in international development from Georgetown University.

What We’re Hoping to See in the Next Release of USAID Data

The fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 (FY2013) recently came to an end. This means that over the next few weeks, USAID will be working to put together its fourth quarter data for public release through the Foreign Assistance Dashboard. This summer, USAID posted information on more than 50,000 financial transactions for the first three quarters of FY2013.

Happy to be Drowning in U.S. Aid Data – Keep it Coming

Last week, it would have been much, much harder to answer questions like, “Who is USAID funding to do work in Kenya? What is that funding for?” Or more generally: “Who is getting funding to do what and where?” With the latest update to the Foreign Assistance Dashboard, finding the answers to those questions has gotten easier.

NGO Aid Map: Balancing More Data with Data Quality

This last blog post of the series delves into the challenge of balancing the demand for more data with the need to ensure a sufficient level of data quality. For NGO Aid Map to be successful, people must view it as a source of reliable and useful information, which suggests the need to prioritize data quality. On the other hand, if the initiative seems to lack forward momentum and starts to feel stale, this also invites failure. So what direction will NGO Aid Map be taking? For reasons we’ll explain below, we’ve chosen to go wide over going deep.

NGO Aid Map: The Tricky Question of Use

One of the first questions we get about NGO Aid Map – an initiative that pools and shares data about the work of InterAction members around the world – is, “Who visits the site?” A close second is, “How are people using the site?” Though we have some information about this, these are both surprisingly difficult questions to answer.

The “Who”

NGO Aid Map: We Built It. Have They Come? (Part 2: Making it Easy to Participate)

In the second post in this series, I discussed what we’ve learned about what motivates InterAction members to provide data for NGO Aid Map, an initiative that pools and shares data about the work of InterAction members around the world. But incentives are just one part of the equation.

NGO Aid Map: We Built It. Have They Come?

The viability and success of NGO Aid Map, a mapping initiative that pools and shares data about the work of InterAction members around the world, depends entirely on whether InterAction members contribute data. Unlike an organization or donor that can require its staff or grantees to share certain information, participation in NGO Aid Map is completely voluntary.

NGO Aid Map: Two Years Older and Wiser

Open data, or “data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone” – combined with standards that make that data comparable across organizations – is being touted as one of the keys to improving philanthropy and international aid. The thinking is that by making aid information easier to combine, access and use, accountability for aid resources will improve, funding will go where it’s needed most, and opportunities for corruption will be reduced.

Will NGOs Join the Open Data Movement?

NGOs are certainly not expected to publish open data tomorrow. But open data is not just another trend that will eventually fade away – it represents a change in expectations about the way organizations should operate.

NGOs Assess Relationships With Local Partners

The quality of relationships between international NGOs and their local partners relates directly to the effectiveness of their development work. Recognizing this, 25 organizations participated in a survey last September to collect feedback from their local partners. Findings from the survey, conducted on behalf of U.S.


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