This report was researched by Lydia Medland, María Jaraquemada, and Irene Aterido Martín-Luengo. It was written and edited by Lydia Medland and Helen Darbishire. Thanks are due to Ainhoa Alzola for reviewing the draft. Photo credits: Ylber Mehmedaliu (front and back covers). Much gratitude is due to Carlos Cordero and Juanjo Cordero from the organisation Sustentia who played a crucial role in developing this project and design of the monitoring ethodology.
The monitoring was conducted under a project on aid transparency carried out between February 2008 and February 2009 in conjunction with Tiri (London) and the Network for Integrity in Reconstruction (NIR) funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). The
Access Info-Tiri project led to the creation of the Publish What You Fund campaign which
was launched in Accra, Ghana on 1 September 2008.
Every year the world’s richest countries spend millions of taxpayer’s money to help people in the world’s poorest countries get out of poverty. This international aid money is spent on food, on schools and hospitals, on reforming systems of government. The goal is to fight poverty and promote sustainable development. There is much debate over how effectively this money is spent. Without full transparency, it is impossible for members of the public to judge. Without donor transparency corruption will continue to plague the spending of aid funds. Without information it’s impossible for people living in developing
countries to have a say in how their and their children’s futures are being decided.