Barder: Transparency Toward Aid Efficiency

Amid much media reporting on the failures of global aid, focus must be given to aid transparency as a measure to ensure aid effectiveness, said Owen Barder of the U.K.-based Development Initiatives.

Citing the lack of a standard system to assess the efficiency of aid organizations around the world, Barder said efforts must instead be trained toward making aid work more transparent and that the public must be constantly appraised of both successes and failures in development.

“Information about aid funding and programmes empowers the intended beneficiaries, affording them greater political leverage and enabling them to put pressure on donor organisations. It allows funding decisions to be more closely linked to effectiveness,” Barder wrote on Atlantic Community.

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    Tarra Quismundo joined Devex Manila as a staff writer in October 2009 after more than six years of working as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nationwide daily, for which she covered major breaking news in politics, military, police and international affairs. Tarra's Devex News coverage focuses on key Asian donors and top aid officials around the globe.