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Transparency for greater effectiveness


Transparency is an im­por­tant aspect of Germany's de­vel­op­ment policy. The public and parliament are informed about the use of public funds through full and timely publication and explanation of the de­vel­op­ment contributions provided by the German gov­ern­ment. At the same time this helps to further enhance the effectiveness of German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion: If information on the use of funds is disclosed and if cash flows are predictable and traceable, de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion becomes more efficient.

Transparent de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion

  • facilitates planning for recipient coun­tries,

  • limits the risk of corruption,

  • enhances partners' ownership,

  • and furthers mutual accountability.

In order to achieve the highest possible level of transparency in German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion, the Federal Ministry for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (BMZ) complies with current in­ter­na­tional transparency standards when disclosing aid flows. The BMZ is actively involved in drafting these standards within the framework of relevant transparency initiatives such as, for example, the In­ter­na­tional Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). It is also involved in sector specific initiatives such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

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. Notes on data sets and licensing arrangements for German IATI reporting can be found here (PDF 430 KB).

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