Monday, January 7, 2013
We hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are off to a great start of the New Year! While we were all reveling a few things happened:
The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act passed unanimously through the US House, but then got stuck in the Senate. MFAN sent the Senate a statement urging for the act to be passed during the new 113th Congress.
Nigeria announced that it has recovered $443 million of the $2.6 billion owed to the government as revenue by oil and gas companies, thanks to the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. ONE applauded the step, and encouraged the revenue to be used to support some of the country’s largest needs, like 20 new healthcare facilities perhaps?
David Hall-Matthews of Publish What You Fund listed three hopes for the future of transparency in 2013. To sum up: more IATI reporting, better quality of information, and more tools for accessibility.
In line with these hopes is a call from Camille Karamaga on the Public Financial Management Blog for governments to simplify budget documents they are making public in order for them to be more easily accessed and used by all key stakeholders, including the average citizen.
As the anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti is drawing close, Deborah Sontag published to the New York Times a highly detailed account of the slow rebuilding process that the country has struggled with over the past three years since the quake wreaked havoc. An accompanied infographic shows where the $9.5 billion in relief and recovery aid has been channeled, highlighting the $1.5 billion that has not yet been disbursed.
Posted by Taryn Davis at 9:41 AM