Canada's Efforts

In July 2011, as part of the Government of Canada's Open Government initiative, CIDA launched its Open Data portal. This portal provides statistical data and other information on Canada's international assistance in data sets and machine-readable formats. Four data sets were initially made available:

  • Project Browser
  • Statistical Report on International Assistance — Country spending
  • International Development Assistance Commitments
  • Canada's Official Development Assistance Statistics — OECD/DAC

In September 2011, Canada announced its intention to join the Open Government Partnership  — a new multilateral initiative to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

In November 2011, CIDA joined the International Transparency Initiative (IATI), which aims to make information about aid spending easier to find, use and compare. IATI will help donors publish information in a common format and using common definitions. This will increase the transparency of aid flows.

In December 2011, at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, CIDA along with other donors and partner countries committed to:

  • Make the full range of information on publicly-funded development activities, their financing, terms and conditions and contribution to development results publicly available
  • Focus, at the country level, on establishing transparent public financial management and aid information systems and strengthen the capacities of all relevant stakeholders to make better use of this information in decision-making and to promote accountability
  • Implement a common, open standard for electronic publication of timely, comprehensive and forward-looking information on resources provided through development co-operation [that will] meet the information needs of developing countries and non-state actors by 2015.

In April 2012, Canada announced its support for the Open Aid Partnership (OAP) which will increase partner countries' capacity to produce and use open data. CIDA provided $1 million in support to the OAP, making Canada the largest partner to date.

In October 2012, CIDA released its first set of data files compatible with the IATI Standard. In December 2012, CIDA published its IATI Implementation Schedule. This document provides details on which information CIDA planned to publish and when.

As a result of the amalgamation of CIDA and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade into the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), a new implementation schedule for the new department may need to be developed.

In the meantime, as new information related to transparency and accountability is published on this website, a link will be provided here. As of June 2013, this includes: