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Tracing US Development Flows: A study of the traceability of US aid to Ghana

Tracing US Development Flows: A study of the traceability of US aid to Ghana
48 pages

Authors
Parrish, Simon
Cohen, Marc J.
Mecuria, Tigist

Publication date
05 Jan 2018

DOI
10.21201/2017.1558

ISBN
978-1-78748-155-8

Publisher
Oxfam
Development Initiatives

Type
Research report

More than 600 development organizations publish to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard. IATI provides up-to-date and reliable aid data to improve accountability, coordination and effectiveness. Aid flow traceability throughout the implementation chain is a key part of this.

This research report shows that, using 2013–2015 IATI data, it is only possible to verify that 7% of US aid to Ghana ($28m) arrived in the country. It concludes that this traceability gap stems from limited IATI reporting by the international NGOs and firms that implemented most aid activities. To enhance traceability, the US government should require its implementers to publish to IATI.

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