Information on aid needs to be regularly published and freely available if it is going to help effective spending, evaluation, and accountability. Publish What You Fund (PWYF) campaigns for aid transparency—the availability of more detailed and better quality information about aid.
PWYF has released annual aid transparency reports since 2010. The 2010 Aid Transparency Assessment looked at the transparency of 30 major donors across seven indicators from eight data sources and promoted an international standard for collecting and reporting information on aid flows. It revealed a lack of comparable and primary data available on aid transparency. PWYF attempted to address that finding in its second report, the 2011 Pilot Aid Transparency Index, by employing a dissagregated method of assessing donor transparency using primary data collected via an evidence-based survey. Subsequent reports build on that methodology, assess more organizations, and allow PWYF to reflect more systematically on donors’ progress in putting aid transparency commitments into practice.