CIDA releases aid transparency implementation schedule

December 20, 2012 - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is moving forward with its commitment to transparency and accountability by publishing its implementation schedule for an internationally agreed aid transparency standard. The schedule outlines how and when CIDA will release information on its international assistance work.

At the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, in November 2011, CIDA committed to publish this implementation schedule by the end of 2012. Publishing the schedule also fulfills the Agency's first commitment as a member of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and as part of the Government of Canada's Action Plan on Open Government.

"CIDA is already a leader in accountable and transparent government. Our Project Browser enables Canadians and others to access detailed information on our projects worldwide at the push of a button," said Minister Fantino. "Our committment to an aggressive implementation schedule is further demonstration that transparency and accountability are at the centre of our efforts to improve the lives of those in greatest need."

"I'm pleased to see this important part of Canada's Action Plan on Open Government realized," added the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. "Developing innovative solutions for ensuring that international aid efforts adhere to transparency standards will help provide better delivery of services, and is a noteworthy achievement in the progress Canada is making toward our Open Government commitments."

Today's actions also follow the October 2012 release of the first set of quarterly data files compatible with the IATI standard, a significant milestone in making CIDA's work more transparent.

"This is yet another key milestone for CIDA in its commitment to transparency and openness," said James Haga, Portfolio Manager, Advocacy, Engineers Without Borders. "We applaud CIDA for taking important steps to give Canadians improved access to open data and open information."

Implementing a common, open standard for electronic publication of timely, comprehensive, and forward-looking information on development assistance makes information on Canada's development assistance even more accessible because it allows the public to download data files and compare them with those of other countries and organizations.

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Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
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