Indigo Director joins DfID International Development Transparency Panel

Fran Perrin, Founder and Director of The Indigo Trust, writes:

I’m delighted to be joining the Department for International Development’s ‘International Development Sector Transparency Panel’.

DfID believes that:

“Aid transparency has the potential to transform the way aid is delivered and to improve its impact. More open information on aid inputs and results will provide evidence of what works and what doesn’t work. Showing the geographical areas where aid projects are concentrated will allow governments, agencies and people to direct aid better. Opening up the aid delivery chain will enable taxpayers and beneficiaries to check that the aid promised has been delivered.”

DfID has pioneered the use of open data standards in development spending and has played a key role in the adoption of IATI by donor countries. As the Indigo Trust is one of the first NGOs to be reporting its own spending in IATI I support this agenda fully.

I hope that I can help to represent the community of open data users and to communicate the needs and goals of many of our grantees from across Africa. In particular I’d like to see how the many tech and innovation hubs can play a role. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the panel to support and challenge DfID officials and Ministers so that the UK continues to be at the forefront of this exciting field. I’ll be blogging and tweeting about my work with the panel here and at @franindigo

If you have ideas about topics the Panel should be addressing please get in touch via the blog.”