As the largest provider of bilateral development assistance, the United States is a key advocacy target for Publish What You Fund. USG’s influence on development policy is considerable – both in the countries to which it provides assistance and in the sector more broadly. It has powerful influence over current development policy discussions such as the post-2015 Development Agenda and the Financing for Development process. It is also plays an influential role in multilateral financing, largely due to its position in the IMF and the World Bank, in which it is the largest shareholder.
Given these facts, Indigo is proud to support Publish What You Fund’s work in the US with a grant of £30,000. The funding will enable Publish What You Fund to engage with the five largest agencies that spend foreign assistance – USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), State Department, Department of Defense and Department of the Treasury. They will also engage with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Some of these agencies are already publishing high quality IATI data – indeed MCC topped Publish What You Fund’s 2013 Aid Transparency Index, which ranks organisations on the quality, comprehensiveness and timeliness of their aid information. Indigo’s grant will allow Publish What You Fund to continue working to improve the quality of information provided by USG and will also be used to help PWYF pursue company registration in America.