Canada Urged to Join Global Aid Transparency Initiative

Despite local clamor for increased aid effectiveness and a growing trend in the international community to focus on value for money, accountability and transparency, Canada still falls short on aid transparency, a senior non-governmental organization official has noted.

James Haga, director of advocacy at Engineers Without Borders Canada, describes as “disappointing” and “archaic” Canada’s reluctance to open its aid information to international scrutiny. He notes that while a new initiative by the Canadian International Development Agency, dubbed Open Aid Portal, is a good start, the Canadian government’s actions “continue to fall short of its commitments to cooperate on reducing duplication and inefficiencies in how aid is delivered.”

Haga urges the Canadian government to join the International Aid Transparency Initiative. Joining this international commitment to pursue aid transparency can help “reduce bureaucratic overhead and ensure that the money we are already spending goes further to reduce poverty,” he says.

“Not only will this initiative help Canada understand better which of our projects are working and which ones are failing, but it will also prove a shrewd, cost-saving investment at a time when Canada is saddled with a budget deficit,” Haga adds.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.