Canada is now a member of the International Aid Transparency Initiative, the country’s international cooperation minister announced at the first day of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea.
The country’s decision to sign the initiative, which seeks to improve the availability and accessibility of aid information, is in line with ongoing efforts of the Canadian government to boost the accountability and transparency of its aid program, according to Beverley Oda.
The Canadian International Development Agency has previously launched Open Data, a portal where the public can access project and statistical information on the country’s aid activities, among other data.
Global campaign group Publish What You Fund has welcomed Canada’s move. The group added it was looking forward to the publication of the country’s aid information to the IATI Registry. Publish What You Fund also commended the group Engineers Without Borders Canada, which has been pressing Canada to sign the IATI over the past months.
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