Alan Hudson

Alan Hudson is the policy director for transparency and accountability at ONE. He leads the organization’s efforts to empower people with the information they need to hold their governments to account, so that resources are used effectively to fight poverty and preventable diseases, rather than squandered and lost to corruption. Prior to joining ONE in 2011, Alan worked for the U.K.’s Department for International Development, the Overseas Development Institute, the U.K. Parliament and the University of Cambridge, where he also completed his Ph.D. on globalization and sovereignty.

Author contributions

Katherine Lay: a transparency star and a much-missed friend

Katherine Lay: a transparency star and a much-missed friend

Katherine Lay was one of the stars of ONE’s Transparency Team. Katherine tragically passed away last month. She had only been with us since August 2012; the picture below was taken on the day she joined. But in that time she made a huge contribution to our efforts to push for policies that would enable…...
A G8 transparency revolution: yeah, some

A G8 transparency revolution: yeah, some

Photo caption: Leaders at the 2013 G8 Summit. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.  ONE’s reaction to the G8 outcomes on Transparency, by Verity Outram, Policy Consultant and Alan Hudson, Policy Director for Transparency & Accountability Back in January the UK Prime Minister set out a ground-breaking agenda for this year......
How to start a transparency revolution

How to start a transparency revolution

In less than two weeks, on 17th and 18th June in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, world leaders will converge for the G8 Summit. The UK government has shown great leadership in setting a ground-breaking agenda on trade, tax and transparency, but the focus now needs to be on translating ambitious rhetoric into action. ONE has&hel......
Ghostbusting: phantom firms and dodgy deals

Ghostbusting: phantom firms and dodgy deals

Phantom Firms are anonymous shell companies that are set up to hide the identity of the people who control them. In addition to facilitating the financing of terrorism, they enable drug-runners, human traffickers, money-launderers, arms traffickers, corrupt politicians and dodgy businessmen to enjoy the fruits of their crimes...
New tool shows relationship between development, aid and governance

New tool shows relationship between development, aid and governance

Dani Kaufmann and Homi Kharas have combined their expertise on governance and aid at the Brookings Institution to produce a new tool for “connecting the empirical dots” on development, aid and governance. The tool -– an interactive platform and databank of information about aid quality and governance –- aims to ensure......

Open Up!

Open Up! That’s the call that went out from the meeting of the Open Government Partnership in Brazil this week, where more than 1,100 representatives from governments and civil society came together to promote open, transparent and accountable governance. #ogp2012 Francis Maude, president Rousseff, Hilary Clinton take stage......
Opening governance to accelerate poverty reduction

Opening governance to accelerate poverty reduction

Update: To read ONE’s asks of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group, Mexico 2012, click here. 2012 is an exciting year full of opportunities for opening governance to accelerate progress on poverty reduction. ONE’s new Transparency and Accountability Team has a full agenda, spearheading the organization’s efforts to pus......
Opening governance on a global scale

Opening governance on a global scale

Next week is an exciting and important week for ONE’s efforts to promote more open, transparent and accountable governance that can accelerate progress on poverty reduction. In Mexico, the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group will meet. ONE will be there making the case (read the letter below) for greater budget transparency a......
Beyond aid to open development

Beyond aid to open development

I came away from Busan feeling a bit queasy. Not because of the week-long jet lag and lack of sleep, or because Busan has been desperately disappointing for aid effectiveness. It has not, although it remains to be seen whether it will be remembered as the last whimper of the aid effectiveness agenda or the…...
Busan: A Bang or a Whimper?

Busan: A Bang or a Whimper?

The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness drew to a close on 1 December, with the Korean hosts able to celebrate the delivery of a new global partnership on effective development cooperation. Emerging powers including China and India have endorsed the document, a document that makes clear in its second paragraph that c......
Aid and Beyond: Transparency, accountability and results

Aid and Beyond: Transparency, accountability and results

As negotiations heat up ahead of the Fourth High Level Forum on aid effectiveness (HLF-IV), many countries are keen to move beyond a narrow aid effectiveness agenda, bringing in a broader range of actors and issues in recognition of the changing development landscape. Emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil are bec......
Opening government to accelerate poverty reduction

Opening government to accelerate poverty reduction

By shining a light on the ways in which governments in developing countries invest aid, natural resource revenues and other public resources, transparency can turbo-charge accountability, helping ordinary citizens to hold their governments to account. This can play an important role in reducing corruption, improving the deliv......