How transparent are aid agencies to their citizens? Introducing the Citizen Aid Transparency Dataset

Reinsberg, B. and Swedlund, H. (2023) How transparent are aid agencies to their citizens? Introducing the Citizen Aid Transparency Dataset. Journal of International Development, (doi: 10.1002/jid.3762) (Early Online Publication)

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Existing measures of aid transparency overwhelmingly focus on how much information donor agencies are willing to share with the international donor community, overlooking that transparency is about increasing citizens' access to information in order to improve government accountability. In this article, we present the Citizen Aid Transparency Dataset (CATD). Using factor and correlation analysis, we show that the CATD captures a different dimension of transparency than existing transparency measures. We also show that aid agency transparency varies both within and between donor countries and that there are important quality differences between agencies in the timeliness, breadth, depth and accessibility of the data provided.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding for this project was provided by the Radboud-Glasgow Collaboration Fund—a partnership of Radboud University and the University of Glasgow.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reinsberg, Dr Bernhard
Authors: Reinsberg, B., and Swedlund, H.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Journal of International Development
ISSN (Online):1099-1328
Published Online:16 March 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of International Development 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license
Data DOI:10.7910/DVN/5L0GOP

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