Aid Transparency

The Government of Canada is committed to increasing transparency and accountability as part of its Aid Effectiveness Agenda. It regularly reports to Canadians on its international development plans, activities and results throughout the year. The former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was one of the first donor agencies to offer a project database online when the Project Browser was created in 2004. Canada scored 71.7%, placing it in the good category. Its overall score has increased by nearly 10 percentage points since 2013.

The ranking is produced by publishwhatyoufund for their annual Aid Transparency Index Report which examines various criteria, most importantly Canada’s publication of machine-readable data files compatible with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard.

Since 2011, Canada has:

  • launched an Open Data portal dedicated to international development information, also available on
  • joined the Open Government Partnership
  • joined the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)
  • supported the Open Aid Partnership
  • released quarterly data sets compatible with the International Aid Transparency Standard containing an increasing number of data fields
  • published an ambitious IATI implementation schedule
  • launched 42 web-based interactive maps of projects funded by the former CIDA
  • added new fields to the International Development Project Browser including links to proactive disclosure reports
  • continued to publish a wide range of annual statistical and results reports, as well as evaluations, audits and country strategies available on the DFATD website