Transparency has been pushed to the top of the global agenda since the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness that took place in Busan, Korea, in 2011. As part of its mandate to monitor, assess, report and promote the provision of resources that support sustainable development, the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD contributes to the global Transparency agenda, including by providing comparable and qualitative information on Development finance through its International Development Statistics (IDS) online databases that cover bilateral and multilateral aid (ODA) as well as other resource flows to developing countries.
In November-December 2016, the international community gathered in Nairobi, as part of the 2nd High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, to assess progress on Transparency commitments since the Busan High-Level Forum. The OECD DAC supported this major milestone by providing key technical assessments and analysis that allowed progress to be measured.
Chapter 5 of this report “Transparency and accountability for effective development cooperation” reviews progress in implementing the Busan principles of transparency and accountability. In order to track progress over time specifically on Transparency, the OECD Development Assistance Committee carried out a number of assessments using two databases that are the authoritative source of annual statistical information on international development co-operation flows reported by DAC members, multilateral organisations and bilateral partners outside the DAC. These databases are the Creditor Reporting System, which records activity-level development co-operation flows for statistical, accountability and monitoring purposes and the Forward Spending Survey, which records partners’ development co-operation plans, for greater predictability of global and aggregate prospects.
The Nairobi Outcome document presents the main outcomes and commitments made at the GPEDC High-Level Meeting in Nairobi in November-December 2016. As part of the Transparency commitments, development partners agreed to provide support to developing countries, updating their institutional architecture, policies and information management systems, as needed, to make development co-operation more transparent. The document also recognises the key role of the statistical standards of the OECD-DAC systems to make development co-operation more transparent.
Links to the OECD Systems : the Creditor Reporting System (CRS using QWIDS)