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Tuesday, October 27 • 14:00 - 15:30

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Many of the participating countries in the Open Government Partnership framework are foreign aid recipients. While development of accountability mechanisms for internal transparency dominates the paradigms for the development of country National Action Plans of these donor driven OGP members, little has been pointed to foreign aid transparency through the open aid data vehicle. It is increasingly becoming worrisome that donors, NGOs and civil society lack the level of transparency and accountability, which they demand from OGP recipient countries. Therefore, aid meant to better the lives of the poor are mostly lost in the process of delivering. Unlike recipient governments who have internal check mechanisms that enhanced accountability such as the internal audits, civil society and the media, donor countries and NGOs delivering aid have no one to hold them to account. Due to the lack of information on aid, local actors such as civil society and the media are unable to hold to account international players.

Therefore, with the overall objectives of the OGP being building structures to entrench the culture of transparency and accountability, it is time to frankly discuss whether the issue of aid transparency been forgotten in the OGP transparency drive? Is there a relationship between transparency and accountability by donors, through making public aid data, and the overall OGP objectives? Should donors be subjected to more transparency guidelines by the OGP framework and thus the need for the review of the conceptual framework itself? Without putting accountability requirement on the donors, is there a level playing field that allows the preachers to live what they preach? How important is aid data to the overall aid is effectiveness campaign?

Most important has governments used this seeming lack of transparency and accountability as a justification for restricting civil society space? 

This roundtable discussion will explore some of these issues. There will be introductory statements from three discussants and participants will be allowed to discuss the issues raised. 

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Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai

Executive Director, Society for Democratic Initiatives, Sierra Leone
Works for Society for Democratic Initiatives, Sierra Leone as executive director, after founding the organization in 2003. He is a human rights lawyer, who works on transparency and accountability. Drafted Sierra Leone's right to access information law and advocated for its passage... Read More →
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Rupert Simons

CEO, Publish What You Fund

Tuesday October 27, 2015 14:00 - 15:30

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