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The World Bank, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Finland have announced their endorsement of the Open Aid Partnership in Busan, Korea, during the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. It brings development partners together to enhance the openness and effectiveness of development assistance. The immediate goal is to synchronize the mapping tools among donors and pilot its use in certain countries to better monitor the impact of development programs on citizens, and seek direct feedback on project results. This partnership was originally formed between World Bank Institute, bilateral donor partners, foundations and civil society, working in close collaboration with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

Main Components of Open Aid Partnership are to (a) map activities supported by development assistance and create a web-based collaborative Open Aid Map that helps improve coordination, efficiency, transparency and accountability of development assistance; (b) support developing countries in building national mapping platforms; (c) promote citizen feedback initiatives for better reporting on development assistance and public service provision in order to enhance transparency and accountability; (d) build capacity of civil society to act as information intermediaries for citizens and make these maps more accessible, as well as the capacity of public service providers to receive and respond to feedback; and (e) evaluate the development impact of national mapping platforms and feedback initiatives on public services and related capacity building.

The Partnership builds on the World Bank’s Mapping for Results Initiative, which has mapped 30,000 activities in all 143 of its client countries, and overlays these data with sub-national poverty and human development indicators at the local level. The initiative is based on the premise that the combination of visualization technologies and open data on development assistance can enable a more transparent, inclusive and effective development process. Malawi, one of the pilot countries leading the first Open Aid pilot  in cooperation with AidData, has geo-coded aid activities of 27 different donors working across the country. For the first time a map visualizes all local aid flows in Malawi. Open Aid pilots in Nepal, Kenya and Indonesia are currently being prepared. 

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