Transparency and communication
Transparency and results
Transparency and results are two important components of aid effectiveness. The DGD is tackling these elements in a variety of ways:
Transparency between the Belgian public and stakeholders
To promote transparent development cooperation, the DGD makes its data on all the interventions financed from its own budgets accessible to the public, after a final check, with a user-friendly search engine. Real-time data is not yet available.
The DGD also provides annual reports to the OECD covering all Belgian public aid. In addition to DGD interventions, these reports also summarise the relevant development expenditure by the other Belgian public stakeholders, such as the other federal public institutions and services, the regions, the provinces and the communes.
Transparency through the international community
In its aim to achieve transparent development cooperation, the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD) makes data related to all its budget-financed interventions available to the public, following a final quality control, via an easy-to-use search engine. As such this does not yet involve real-time data.
The DGD also submits annual reports to the OECD about all Belgian official aid. In addition to DGD interventions this also includes the development-related expenditures of other official Belgian players such as other federal government services and institutions, regions, provinces and municipalities.
The OECD “Development Assistance Committee” (DAC) uses this data for its “Official Development Assistance” or ODA analyses and comparative overviews.
Furthermore in 2012, Belgium also became a member of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), which strives to achieve further transparency with regard to the expenditures of donor countries and makes information available to NGOs and developing countries. IATI has developed a reporting standard that must ensure that data is easily and automatically accessible in developing countries.
By becoming a member of IATI, Belgium has committed to reporting according to the IATI standard by 2015 at the latest.
Our vision of a transparent development policy consists of:
- adequately collecting information and documentation related to the policy, activities, results and partners of Belgian development cooperation;
- systematically communicating this information to the Belgian population, to stakeholders and beneficiaries of the Belgian development cooperation in the South.
Indeed, adequate public information about the policy and activities of public authorities is a fundamental characteristic of democracy.
In order to implement a transparent development policy, it is necessary to adequately collect information and documentation related to the policy, activities, results and partners of Belgian development cooperation and to communicate them systematically to the Belgian public, to stakeholders and beneficiaries of Belgian development cooperation in the South.
The objective is therefore to ensure the necessary transparency in Belgian policy for development cooperation. This approach will also increase awareness of Belgian development cooperation and make it possible to obtain more support for the initiatives taken.