International aid cannot solve all our problems, but it can make a real difference. It can save lives, put children into school, and reduce extreme poverty. But at the moment we don’t have a full picture of how much money is being spent, where, or on what.
At the organization I work for in East Africa, Twaweza, we help people get information to get things done and hold their governments to account. We’ve seen real progress as better informed people ask questions, discuss ideas, and make sure officials do their job.
If information on aid was openly available, citizens would be able to see where and how it is spent, which would help them track the money and demand results. Real transparency means aid money can go even further and also reduces the risk of corruption.
We are at a critical moment. Governments are meeting later this month in South Korea to discuss this issue and we have the chance to hold them to account. Public pressure right now can make a huge difference to the future of aid.
Twaweza means “we can make it happen” in Swahili. Together, we sure can!