Being transparent about aid flows helps:
The Government of Canada is committed to increasing transparency and accountability as part of its Aid Effectiveness Agenda. CIDA regularly reports to Canadians on its plans, activities and results throughout the year. CIDA was one of the first donor agencies to offer a project database online when the Project Browser was created in 2004.
CIDA is increasing its efforts to provide more information to Canadians and the world.
In July 2011, as part of the Government of Canada's Open Government initiative, CIDA launched its Open Data portal. This portal provides statistical data and other information on Canada's international assistance in data sets and machine-readable formats. Four data sets were initially made available:
In September 2011, Canada announced its intention to join the Open Government Partnership — a new multilateral initiative to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
In November 2011, CIDA joined the International Transparency Initiative (IATI), which aims to make information about aid spending easier to find, use and compare. IATI will help donors publish information in a common format and using common definitions. This will increase the transparency of aid flows.
In December 2011, at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, CIDA along with other donors and partner countries committed to:
In April 2012, Canada announced its support for the Open Aid Partnership (OAP) which will increase partner countries' capacity to produce and use open data. CIDA will provide $1 million in support to the OAP over the next three years, making CIDA the largest partner to date.
In October 2012, CIDA released its first set of data files compatible with the IATI Standard. In December 2012, CIDA published its IATI Implementation Schedule. This document provides details on which information CIDA plans to publish and when.
As new information related to transparency and accountability is published on CIDA's website, a link will be provided here. As of April 2013, this includes: