Déjà vu: Advocacy group’s new head says US moving ‘in the right direction’

    Publish What You Fund’s new managing director, David Hall-Matthews, sounded very much like his predecessor when he talked about the importance of donors signing onto the International Aid Transparency Initiative and the United States taking the lead on aid transparency globally.

    In a guest post for the Modenizing Foreign Assistance Network, Hall-Matthews reiterates Karin Christiansen’s calls to both donors and aid agencies to publish “timely, comprehensive and comparable” data to the IATI.

    Hall-Matthews also says the actions the United States has taken toward transparency are steps “in the right direction.” And he said it’s time for the Western power to “institutionalize” this by encouraging its agencies, such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Millennium Challenge Corp., to publish information online.

    This is already happening to some extent. For Hall-Matthews, however, it would be better if all these information can be found on a single website — the IATI Registry.

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    About the author

    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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