We are committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program. We will give effect to this commitment through publishing information on the aid program on the DFAT website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. An annual report will be issued assessing the performance of Australia's aid. Australia will fully participate in the International Aid Transparency Initiative. DFAT's Annual Procurement Plan and contracts awarded will continue to be published on AusTender in accordance with legislative requirements. We will continue to promote early industry engagement in the design and procurement of aid activities.
In line with our stronger focus on performance, our commitment to transparency also entails a more open discussion about the performance of the aid program, and individual aid investments. This includes frank admissions when failures occur (and understanding why they occur), as a critical step in learning for better outcomes.
International Aid Transparency Initiative
Australia joined the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) as a founding member at the 2008 High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra. IATI is a coalition of donors, developing countries and non-government Organisations who are working to make public regular, detailed and timely information on aid programs and results of development expenditure. Australia will continue to fully participate in the IATI.
What is the International Aid Transparency Initiative?
IATI brings together donor countries, developing country governments, non-governmental organisations and experts in aid information to agree to ways of sharing more and better information about aid. It aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand.
By doing so IATI aspires to help those involved in aid programs to better track what aid is being used for and what it is achieving – from the taxpayers in donor countries who provide the money, to those in developing countries who benefit from aid spending. Improving transparency also allows citizens of the countries in which we work to hold their own governments to account for the aid they receive and enables donors and development agencies to better coordinate their efforts.