This was originally posted on the Open for Change blog
Today I attended the launch of the new aid transparency effort, openaid.se, which is a joint effort between the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), to show where Swedish government development aid money is going. The Swedish minister for Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson, presented the effort and went into some depth to describe the work.
I together with Akvo was asked by the Swedish Foreign Ministry to review and give feedback on the openaid.se site before the launch. I was also part of a review panel which discussed the work after the presentation together with a very engaged audience.
I think openaid.se is a very good effort to start showing the Swedish aid budget. The team working on this clearly were very passionate about this work and has put in a lot of effort bringing both budgets and thousands of documents visible online. We would like to commend everyone involved on a great start.
To see the video of the launch event, click the above picture. The panel, which I was part of starts at 34 minuts in.