New Campaign from Publish What You Fund

What is it about?

The Road to 2015 Campaign is about harnessing the power of open data for sustainable development.

Partner countries have asked more information about development cooperation to deliver positive results on the ground. Likewise, citizens want to know what is being spent where, by whom, and with what results, so they can hold their governments to account. In 2011, donor countries promised to make their aid transparent – but we still aren’t there yet.

Why does it matter?

The Road to 2015 must be paved with open data, not just good intentions.

Progress is being made, but if we want meaningful change, donors need to accelerate their efforts to make development cooperation information accessible. The Post-2015 Development Agenda will be important for setting targets on sustainable development in the context of poverty eradication, and we need to make sure that transparency and open data remain an integral part of these discussions.

What do we want?

  1. We want donors who have committed to publishing aid data to deliver on that promise.
  2. We want transparency and open data for development cooperation to feature as an integral component of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Why now?

The clock is ticking on donor promises. At the Busan High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011, we got the world’s donors to promise to fully implement a common standard for aid information – the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) – by the end of 2015. Some of the world’s largest donor agencies are now publishing their aid information to IATI, but these efforts are still uneven.

We are at a crucial point in the push for open data. In the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, it is important we remind donors of their original promise to make their spending data open and accessible.

How to get involved?

Transparency and accountability matter to all development actors, and there is space for everyone to get involved in the Road to 2015 campaign. Find out more at www.roadto2015.org