Aid Transparency and Accountability: “Build it and they’ll Come”?

Published on 1 July 2013

Concerns about the transparency of aid have become more prominent against a recent backdrop of donor commitments to increase aid effectiveness. Innovative approaches to providing more and better information about aid have been developed. This article explores the contemporary focus on aid transparency in the context of longer-standing concerns over accountable aid.

 It finds that the links between inputs, outputs and impacts in aid transparency and accountability initiatives are often not articulated or well understood, and that the link between aid transparency and accountable aid is barely addressed. Future attempts to develop effective aid TAIs need to take full account of the diverse motivations, approaches and actors involved in their – often implicit – theories of change, in particular, the citizens of aid-recipient countries.


Rosemary McGee

Power and Popular Politics Cluster Lead

Publication details

McGee, R.
McGee, R. and Gaventa, J.
Development Policy Review (Special Issue), volume 31, issue Issue Supplement s1


Related content


Immersive Research for Safer Sanitation in Bihar and Maharashtra, India

SLH Learning Paper;14

2 May 2023