CIDA joins the International Aid Transparency Initiative

Nov 28 2011 - 12:00am

CIDA joins the International Aid Transparency Initiative

November 28, 2011

Busan, South Korea ― The Minister of International Cooperation, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, announced today during the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has become a member of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

"Accountability and transparency are the hallmarks of Canada's international assistance and Aid Effectiveness Agenda," said Minister Oda. "Increasing aid transparency is key to fostering the accountability needed for ensuring development effectiveness and results."

IATI aims to improve the public availability and accessibility of information on aid. With today's announcement, CIDA is taking a further step that will allow donors, partner countries, civil society organizations and citizens to access and use Canadian information and compare it with data from 22 other participating organizations and countries.

"Aid transparency is only a first step in ensuring accountability and results," noted Minister Oda. "We look forward to working with others to further improve transparency in both donor and recipient countries to achieve the results our citizens expect and deserve."

IATI objectives are consistent with the Government of Canada's Open Government initiative under which CIDA is taking important steps to give Canadians improved access to open data and open information. Through CIDA's Open Data, the Agency already publishes statistical and project-level information on international aid activities in searchable machine-readable formats, and project-level information for CIDA's Countries of Focus through web-based geo-mapping.