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International Financial Institutions Agree to Share Data

International Financial Institutions Agree to Share Data to Improve Development Outcomes and Lay the Groundwork for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2013/ — Recognizing the power of information to shape better policies, guide development programs and increase accountability, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with leaders of six multilateral financial institutions, announced today that they would strengthen inter-agency sharing and collaboration on issues related to data and statistical capacity building. This will provide the global community with better statistical tools to measure progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and post-2015 development Donald Kaberuka – AfDB President_.jpgagenda and improve the lives of people in the developing world.

This historic meeting of resourceful institutions confirmed my belief that by working together we can demonstrate the power of multilateralism to secure a better future for all. The first-of-its-kind meeting and agreement will help us further deepen our joint work to meet the MDGs and develop a post-2015 agenda for a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable future,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

Leaders of the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, Islamic Development Bank, the United Nations, and World Bank Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in strengthening statistical capacity in member countries and to facilitate the sharing of data, tools, standards, and analysis to improve statistics for monitoring development outcomes. The European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development offered their full support for the goals of the MoU and will contribute to the post 2015 development agenda in their areas of expertise.

Speaking on behalf of signatories to the MoU, African Development President and Meeting Chairman Donald Kaberuka said, “More timely and better statistics provide the basis for understanding the social and economic circumstances in which people live, enabling better policies and programs. Stronger statistical capacity will also help drive more sophisticated decision making, for example, through the application of natural wealth accounting, a clearer understanding of the distributional effects of social and economic programs, and the ability to take account of the impacts of decisions on women. Our work together will help build the foundation for a robust post-2015 Agenda.”

Leaders reaffirmed their commitments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and discussed the opportunity to collaborate in the development of the post-2015 development agenda. “We need better information and we need it more frequently. This is the only way for us to know whether we are making progress toward our goals of improving the lives of the poor,” said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. “Just as the Millennium Development Goals profoundly shaped our approach to development at the turn of the century, we expect the post-2015 development agenda to help us define a vision for a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable development path.”

Source: African Press Organization on behalf of the African Development Bank.


Open Data in Development Aid

This European Public Sector Information Platform topic report focuses on the question of how improved access to and analysis of data can help increase transparency, accountability and effectiveness in development aid and development co-­‐operation. Development aid and co-­‐operation is a complex issue and subject to multiple in-­‐depth studies and research. This topic report focuses on the role that data and computing technology can play to improve analysis methods and thus improve our understanding of how aid can be made more effective.

Final TR Open Aid Data.pdf (application/pdf-Objekt).


The World Bank’s Open Data Catalog

The World Bank’s Open Data initiative is intended to provide all users with access to World Bank data. The data catalog is a listing of available World Bank datasets, including databases, pre-formatted tables, reports, and other resources.

Search The World Bank’s Open Data Catalog from here:


Using DevInfo Technology to Support Aid Effectiveness

Through the site at, visitors can download the DevInfo Initiative Response to Busan document, explore ways DevInfo technologies contribute to specific Busan objectives, and download details on DevInfo technology for aid coordination. The site also invites aid effectiveness specialists, private sector development partners, policy and decision makers, M&E specialists, and other development partners to engage with the DevInfo Support Group for customized innovations.

DevInfo is a database system endorsed by the United Nations Development Group for monitoring human development. It is a tool for organizing, storing and presenting data in a uniform way to facilitate data sharing at the country level across government departments, UN agencies and development partners.


Open aid – transparent Swedish development cooperation

Open aid – transparent Swedish development cooperation.

Open aid – transparent Swedish development cooperation

“Open aid” is the name of the next step in the reform of Sweden´s development cooperation. The step is being taken to better adapt development cooperation to today´s reality and the opportunities created by globalisation and technological development. The goal is to achieve as effective poverty reduction as possible. To achieve this goal, development cooperation must be opened up to transparency and ideas from others.


Better Information, Better Aid | AidInfo

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What are the potential benefits of aid transparency? What information is needed and how could donors make this more accessible? Survey results indicate that improved transparency of aid information would contribute to faster poverty reduction by making aid more effective and accountable. Users of aid information need more accessible, detailed, timely, and consistent information to enable them to make aid work better. Donors should therefore publish information (electronically) in more detail, using common definitions and a common format. This could both reduce costs for donors, who repeatedly provide the same information in different forms, and increase the information’s value to users.

Increased transparency of aid is a specific commitment in the 2005 Paris Declaration and of the draft Accra Agenda for Action. It is also a necessary condition for progress in the Paris principles of ownership, harmonisation, alignment, managing for results and mutual accountability. Information should be accessible through a variety of means by people in developing countries as well as in donor countries, in a form that is useful to them. Barriers are not cost or technical feasibility, but attention to the issue and coordination among donors.


International Aid Transparency Standard Finalised | Publish What You Fund

International Aid Transparency Standard Finalised | Publish What You Fund.

After two years of negotiating, the 18 donors of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) agreed on 9th February the final details of a new global standard for publishing aid information. With this format in place that will make aid information internationally comparable, more information will now be better information.

The new aid transparency standard provides a common language and format and a single way that donor countries can share information on the aid they are spending. With this format it will now be possible to build a bigger picture of aid activities which means that donors and recipients can coordinate their plans and complement the activities of others, reducing duplication and waste. However, to see the bigger picture, we need more data.