What our stakeholders tell us they expect from greater transparency
We asked people who work with or are interested in the aid program what greater transparency means to them and how greater transparency would improve the effectiveness of the aid program.
We found that people want
more information and
more current information on what AusAID is doing. They want it to be easy to find and understand. Website users particularly want:
- more content designed for the web (such as less text)
- more layered information so they can click through to increasing levels of detail
- more data visualisation using charts, and more images and video
- improved navigation between information
- easier ways to ask us questions or give us feedback
- real life examples that put a human face on our information and tell a story.
How AusAID gives aid
AusAID gives aid by three primary routes:
- bilateral aid is provided to a country or region
- multilateral aid is provided to a country, region or global program through an organisation representing a number of countries (e.g. the United Nations)
- emergency aid is provided for humanitarian and reconstruction programs and international emergencies.
Australia’s fundamental purpose for giving aid in these three ways is to support development and to help people overcome poverty. Internally, AusAID manages the aid budget through approximately sixty different programs. These programs are grouped together as either country programs (bilateral), global programs (multilateral) or humanitarian and emergency programs (emergency). These programs are then supported by specialist or sectoral advisers on health, gender etc.
The aid management cycle and the types of documents you can expect to find
The management of AusAID programs follows a defined process known as the aid management cycle. The phases or segments of the cycle do, by nature, overlap and the delineation is simply to help you navigate quickly to the documents that most serve your needs.
The cycle is not static—documents are uploaded and refreshed as an initiative progresses through each phase of the aid management cycle*.
As AusAID increasingly works through partner governments and/or development partners (e.g. NGOs, contractors and multilateral agencies) some of these documents may be named and/or prepared slightly differently by our partners. In these cases we will provide a link. In some cases there will be no equivalent.
Below are the types of documents you can expect to find under each initiative. The documents that have been uploaded will depend the type of initiative and how far it has progressed in the aid management cycle.
Last reviewed: 4 April, 2012