NGOs Push For More Transparency in European Aid

Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva. Photo by: EU

Fifty civil society organizations and networks have urged the European Union’s top development leaders to follow through on the bloc’s commitment toward aid effectiveness and to define a common European stance on transparency and mutual accountability.

“The EU must demonstrate renewed efforts to provide more timely and comprehensive information on aid spending. It is critical that this information is made available publicly within the framework of a common set of international standards so that the EU can compare and harmonize its efforts with other donors and align its aid with recipient governments’ systems,” the groups wrote in letters to EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva.

The open letter cites Publish What You Fund’s Aid Transparency Assessment and an AidWatch report which showed that there was a lack of aid transparency across Europe.

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“Limited progress in improving transparency will affect the capacity to have an effective mutual accountability framework in place, and consequently curtail the role of civil society organizations to hold their governments accountable,” the groups said.

The 50 organizations include U.K.-based Publish What You Fund, Oxfam International, ONE, World Vision, Eurodad and Eurostep.

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