BMZ and GIZ improve score in Aid Transparency Index

27.04.2016 – For the first time, BMZ and GIZ have been ranked ‘good’ in the 2016 Aid Transparency Index, with further improvements in the pipeline.

Transparency in international cooperation is vitally important for the efficiency and accountability of official development assistance. The Federal Republic of Germany has therefore undertaken to implement an international standard for transparency based on the standards of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH made significant progress in this year’s Aid Transparency Index. For the first time, they were placed in the ‘good’ category, and improved their score by 9.3 percentage points compared with 2014. In the analysis of achievements and progress, it was noted that BMZ has increased the frequency of its IATI publication to quarterly rather than every six months.

Of the 46 major development cooperation organisations tested, ten were rated ‘very good’ and eight ‘good’. The frontrunners are the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the US Millennium Challenge Corporation and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

BMZ and GIZ, in conjunction with the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), are committed to publishing more data of a better quality to IATI. In the medium term, there are also plans for an automated exchange of data between BMZ and the two implementing organisations.