Pact is the first US Agency for International Development (USAID) implementing partner to elect to publish its international development program data in line with the new standard set by the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Pact’s decision signifies, by example, a call to action for all organizations, especially international non-governmental organizations, to contribute to efforts that ensure foreign aid is transparent and the information is available to the public. Mark Viso, President and CEO of Pact, remarks,
“Publishing to IATI was a concrete step Pact could take to demonstrate our philosophy that information which can be used to help the poor and marginalized take ownership of their future should be free to be used and understood by all.”
Pact was founded in 1971 to facilitate the distribution of small USAID grants to organizations working in relief and development assistance. Currently, Pact operates in over 25 countries across Asia, Eurasia, and Africa to create lasting impact in the areas of health, livelihoods, and natural resources management using a distinctly integrated methodology that builds on its history of capacity development, engagement of markets and businesses, and good governance approaches.
IATI was created out of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) High Level Forums on Aid Effectiveness. The United Nations, the World Bank, and over 40 governments are signatories of IATI and in November 2011, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed on behalf of the US Government. To date, 141 entities and organizations have published to IATI.
Graham Wood, Pact’s Vice President of Program Advancement, says that Pact made the decision to voluntarily publish organizational and activity level data to IATI because,
“At Pact we believe strongly in transparency and accountability to our donors and partners. We are delighted to support this Initiative as one brick in the wall of our promise to those we work with around the world.”
Pact’s IATI data is available here.
Pact enables systematic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development. Pact is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Visit us on the web at www.pactworld.org.
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