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Donor Organizations, Nations Must Improve Transparency

“[W]hile it is important to root out corruption in developing countries it is also worth remembering that by definition transparency should work both ways; that it is equally about holding [developing countries,] wealthy nations and aid organizations to account,” Dagfinn Høybråten, chair of the GAVI Alliance Board and secretary general for the Nordic Council of Ministers, and Richard Sezibera, member of the GAVI Alliance Board and secretary general of the East African Community, write in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. To increase the number of agencies receiving a “very good” mark on Publish What You Fund’s Aid Transparency Index, organizations should be “proactive about publishing information on aid, making it comprehensive, timely, accessible and comparable. Moreover, donor organizations should not only ensure that everyone can access this information, but they should also actively promote this right,” they state. “[T]hese principles are also equally at home in the South” among developing countries, they write, concluding, “To create the trust necessary for lasting change, we first need to create more windows of transparency” (11/5).