Lack of transparency by major European donors is hindering development outcomes in some of the poorest countries in the world, according to Publish What You Fund’s latest report. Nine out of 16 key EU donors and institutions are still not publishing their data on time and in detail, leaving recipient countries in the dark about expected funding. PWYF Initiative calls on EU donors to meet their aid transparency commitments by publishing the data; making the data useful and making the data accessible and promoting its use. BCSDN has been involved in the past 3 years in promoting the aid transparency commitments and in the assessment of the DG Enlargement and now the DG NEAR performance. The 2015 Review finds that once again, a group of leading donors continue to lead the way in aid transparency, with Sweden, the UK and the European Commission (DGs NEAR, FPI and DEVCO) joined by Denmark and the Netherlands in the top performance categories. The findings of this Review show that on average, donors score only 49% on publishing timely and regularly the five year indicative and/or implementation plans, only Denmark, Germany and DG NEAR score the maximum points for this indicator, although the coverage of activities remains low. DG NEAR in 2015 has entered the “On track” category (60-79% – Good performance) for fulfilling its commitments. More on DG NEAR performance, as well as access the full review, is availablehere.
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