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New tool to increase transparency in humanitarian and development aid

Apr 15 2014

The EU Aid Explorer is a one-stop-shop for aid information. This web tool has been developed by the JRC in close collaboration with Directorates General Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid and Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection ECHO. It provides easy access to clear and comprehensive data on development and humanitarian aid around the world. The EU Aid Explorer covers the activities of different donors and uses infographics to illustrate which areas they are active in, how much assistance different sectors and countries receive and how funding has changed over time.

The new tool is part of the EU's efforts to make aid operations more effective, as studies indicate that better coordination could save EU taxpayers up to €800 million a year in efficiency gains. By making donor data easily accessible, donor coordination can be facilitated and better transparency and accountability to citizens can be ensured.

The EU Aid Explorer was launched today in Mexico. This is the first high level event of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and brings together ministers from around the world, heads of civil society organisations, business leaders, heads of philanthropic foundations and local government.

The EU is an active partner in the Global Partnership, launched in 2011 in Busan, which called for more inclusive development, stronger country ownership, better coordination of aid, more transparency and stronger results.