Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Aid Transparency


Why is aid transparency important?

Being transparent about aid flows helps:

  • Governments to better plan and manage the aid they receive.
  • Citizens of developing countries to better understand what aid their country is receiving, so they can hold their governments to account.
  • Citizens of donor countries to better understand how their taxes are being used to fight poverty in the developing world.
  • Donors and development agencies to better co-ordinate their efforts.
  • Parliaments and non-governmental organisations in developing countries to track aid flows and ensure that aid is spent wisely.

Source: IATI

The Government of Canada is committed to increasing transparency and accountability as part of its Aid Effectiveness Agenda. It regularly reports to Canadians on its international development plans, activities and results throughout the year. The former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was one of the first donor agencies to offer a project database online when the Project Browser was created in 2004.

Canada is increasing its efforts to provide more information to Canadians and the world, and in 2013 was ranked 8th among donor countries and organizations in aid transparency, a significant  improvement from 32nd in 2012. The ranking is based on the information made available on this website and Canada’s quarterly publication of machine-readable data files compatible with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

Since 2011, Canada has:

To find out more, please visit Canada's efforts.