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30 Oct 2007 - 19:48
The urgent need for transparency and accountability
In my view, the international aid system urgently needs to become more transparent with regard to a) how and where money is spent and b) how successful (or otherwise) each development intervention has been.

Providing honest and comprehensive information to the global public about projects and their performance is both a moral duty of development agencies and the only effective way to drive up standards. More and better information will:

1) Help donors of all size make more informed decisions
2) Help development agencies learn from others' mistakes and successes.
3) Help people in the South co-ordinate informed responses.

For more on this, see:

19 Mar 2008 - 20:45
tools providing urgency > transparency and accountability
I'd like to endorse what Andegg - or Francis Bacon as she/he prefers to be known at their blog - is saying, especially the following points.

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1) Help donors of all size make more informed decisions
2) Help development agencies learn from others' mistakes and successes.
3) Help people in the South co-ordinate informed responses.

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But this response is not just more should-do, must-do urgencies of opinion but an actual, real, live tool that can be used towards those goals - or at least the beginnings of one.

One of the leading concerns in aid processes is of course corruption, a leading indicator of mistakes, and prime obstacle to successes, as raised above.

My micro news agency is developing what it calls total transparency tools using an email based delivery system to provide real-world, real-time methods for stopping corruption - before it gets started.

You can see a "bettta" version of this at - where bank deposits show up automatically online, as do minimum balance warnings. My agency hopes to liase with banks in developing their technologies to the point where withdrawals also appear automatically, with increasingly sophistocated detailing about what, where and why withdrawals are taking place - using the same email based system.

Comments and feedback welcome! You can see other stuff at my sister blog - including provocative questions like - Is Transparency International corrupt?

Finally, with all respect, a suggestion: if Andegg and/or Francis Bacon is serious about transparency and accountability then they might like to start by posting with their real name?

jason brown
avaiki nius agency

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