Transparency International calls on all donors to sign up to aid transparency standard

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat



Transparency International, the anti-corruption organisation, is calling on the international donor community meeting this week in Busan, South Korea, to fight corruption by endorsing stronger aid transparency standards.

As the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness gets underway in Busan, South Korea, governments seem far from consensus on making aid transparency a reality beyond words and promises.

“Some governments must stop the stonewalling and make their aid process transparent, and accountable. This is the only way to ensure aid is locally-owned and that donor monies benefit communities rather than fuel corruption and mismanagement,” said Craig Fagan, Senior Policy Coordinator for Transparency International.

Transparency and accountability in development aid saves more lives and livelihoods by protecting donor monies from corruption and mismanagement. If aid flows are transparent and monitored, particularly by local communities, corruption can be quickly rooted out and deterred, making aid more effective for the people that matter most.

“Corruption takes a terrible toll on people’s lives, especially those living below-poverty-line. Political leadership and citizen participation are crucial to stop corruption in development aid. We need to see an agreement on key actions and timelines for making this happen,” said Rueben Lifuka, the president of Transparency International Zambia.

Transparency International, along with leading civil society organizations, is calling on all donors to endorse and implement the International Aid Transparency Initiative. It requires signatories to follow a common and comparable standard for reporting aid flows. The Initiative signatories represent 51 per cent of aid flows. This should be expanded to include all major donors and new donors, such as private foundations and emerging economies such as Brazil, China and India.

“Anti-corruption principles that have been enshrined since the Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness in 2005 need to apply to all donors. There is no opt-out clause when it comes to transparency,” said Anupama Jha, Executive Director of TI India. “Yet we are seeing a ‘not-me’ attitude in Busan as governments negotiate on an agreement”.

TI is calling for the official Busan communiqué to include the following:

 

Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption


For any press enquiries please contact

Craig Fagan
T: +82 (0) 10 8679 0837
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Thomas Coombes
T: +49 30 34 38 20 662
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Latest

Support Transparency International

Everything you need to know about the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (#18IACC)

The #18IACC will take place from 22-24 October in Copenhagen, Denmark under the theme Together for Development, Peace and Security: Now is the Time to Act. Get the latest info and updates here!

Risky business: Europe’s golden visa programmes

Are EU Member States accepting too much risk in their investor migration schemes?

Future Against Corruption Award 2018

TI is calling on young people across the globe to join the anti-corruption movement. People between the age of 18 and 35 are invited to submit a short video clip presenting their idea on new ways to fight corruption. Three finalists will be invited to Berlin during the International Anti-Corruption Day festivities to be awarded with the Future Against Corruption Award. Apply today!

The Azerbaijani Laundromat one year on: has justice been served?

In September last year, a massive leak of bank records from 2012 to 2014 showed that the ruling elite of Azerbaijan ran a $3 billion slush fund and an international money laundering scheme. One year on, has enough been done to hold those involved to account?

Right to information: knowledge is power

The right to information is vital for preventing corruption. When citizens can access key facts and data from governments, it is more difficult to hide abuses of power and other illegal activities - governments can be held accountable.

Paradise lost among Maldives dodgy land deals

Should tourists run for cover as a storm of corruption allegations sweeps across the Maldives?

Foreign bribery rages unchecked in over half of global trade

There are many losers and few winners when companies bribe foreign public officials to win lucrative overseas contracts. In prioritising profits over principles, governments in most major exporting countries fail to prosecute companies flouting laws criminalising foreign bribery.

Social Media

Follow us on Social Media