Transparency strategy

Transparency is an im­por­tant aspect of Germany's de­vel­op­ment policy. BMZ publishes strategy documents and timely, comprehensive and user-friendly information on publically financed projects and programmes of de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion and their contributions to de­vel­op­ment results for free use on the basis of internationally agreed, open standards and national legislation for data protection.

In­ter­natio­nal transparency standards for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion

Logo: Fourth High Level Forum on Aid EffectivenessAt the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan (Republic of Korea) in 2011 an agreement was reached to introduce a common transparency standard for de­vel­op­ment co-operation. This Common Open Standard for Transparency is based on the statistical reporting system of the OECD-DAC (Orga­ni­sa­tion for Economic Co­-op­er­a­tion and Development – De­vel­op­ment Assistance Committee) and the Standard of the In­ter­national Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

Germany is a founding member of IATI, an initiative in which experts from de­vel­op­ing and donor coun­tries, in­ter­national organisations, civil society organisations and the private sector engage jointly in order to provide full and comprehensible information about where funds under in­ter­national de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion are directed and what they are spent on.

In December 2012, the BMZ published a national schedule for the implementation of the transparency standards by end of 2015. Germany has adopted an incremental approach in the implementation of the standards.

Since March 2013 BMZ publishes six-monthly comprehensive information on ongoing and newly committed projects and programmes of bilateral co­op­er­a­tion according to the IATI standard. The IATI data complements the historic and statistically proven data of Germanys annual reporting to the OECD according to the CRS standard.

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