Transparency and Canadian foreign aid

It has always been hard to get timely information on Canada's foreign aid. Now, thanks to the new "Open Government" initiative, data is easier to access on the Canadian International Development Agency's website. With this, CIDA promises "Increasing Transparency and Accountability Through Open Data." For the first time, downloadable datasets are made available to the public on annual disbursements of all forms of Canadian aid to all recipient countries. This is a great first step.

Stephen Brown, John Sinclair
Published: Wednesday, 07/27/2011 12:00 am EDT

It has always been hard to get timely information on Canada's foreign aid. Now, thanks to the new "Open Government" initiative, data is easier to access on the Canadian International Development Agency's website. With this, CIDA promises "Increasing Transparency and Accountability Through Open Data." For the first time, downloadable datasets are made available to the public on annual disbursements of all forms of Canadian aid to all recipient countries. This is a great first step.

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