The Open Aid Partnership
What is the Open Aid Partnership?
Transparency of development assistance, public budgets and service delivery is critical for citizen engagement. Innovative technologies, such as mapping, provide powerful new tools for strategic planning and for greater transparency and accountability. Recognizing the significant impact that these innovations and an empowered civil society can have on improving development effectiveness, the World Bank Institute and bilateral donor partners, foundations and civil society have formed an Open Aid Partnership. The Partnership will be working in close collaboration with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The partnership brings development partners together to enhance the openness and effectiveness of development assistance.
What are the Open Aid Partnership’s main objectives?
- improve aid transparency and coordination by developing an Open Aid Map that visualizes the location of donor-financed programs at the local level;
- better monitor the impact of development programs on citizens;
- enhance the targeting of development programs;
- foster accountability by empowering citizens to provide direct feedback on project results;
- strengthen capacity of civil society and citizens to use open aid data.
Putting Development on a Map (Mapping for Results)
The Partnership builds on the World Bank’s Mapping for Results Initiative, which has mapped 30,000 activities in all 143 of its client countries, and overlays these data with sub-national poverty and human development indicators at the local level. The initiative is based on the premise that the combination of visualization technologies and open data on development assistance can enable a more transparent, inclusive and effective development process.
Main Components of Open Aid Partnership:
- Map activities supported by development assistance and create a web-based collaborative Open Aid Map that helps improve coordination, efficiency, transparency and accountability of development assistance.
- Support developing countries in building national mapping platforms.
- Promote citizen feedback initiatives for better reporting on development assistance and public service provision in order to enhance transparency and accountability.
- Build capacity of civil society to act as information intermediaries for citizens and make these maps more accessible, as well as the capacity of public service providers to receive and respond to feedback.
- Evaluate the development impact of national mapping platforms and feedback initiatives on public services and related capacity building.