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Mr Koichiro Gemba
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
2-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8919

cc. Mr Kazuhiko Koshikawa, Director-General of International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr Keiichi Yokota, Director, Development Assistance Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mrs Sadako Ogata, President, JICA

13 October 2011

Dear Minister

Delivering aid transparency at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Busan, 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2011

We, the undersigned agencies, networks and organisations, are writing to ask for your support in ensuring that donors reaffirm and deepen their commitments on aid transparency at the Fourth High Level Forum (HLF-4) on Aid Effectiveness in Busan. In this letter we set out why aid transparency is needed now; what we believe is achievable at Busan and in the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness process; and what we would like you to do before Busan.

The recent Evaluation of the Paris Declaration and the Monitoring Survey emphasize that transparency is the indispensable foundation for aid effectiveness and mutual accountability. Although donors and partner countries acknowledged this in 2008 by making several aid transparency commitments under the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA), the pace and extent of change, particularly regarding transparency for development results, has been "mostly slow to moderate".1 Public support for the "Make Aid Transparent" Campaign - already supported by 95 organisations and with thousands of signatures from 125 countries - shows how people around the world want their governments to deliver on these commitments.

Partner countries have also recognised the need for greater aid predictability and transparency and for ensuring compatibility of the common standard with partner government budget systems, as reflected in the CABRI2 Position on Aid Transparency. This compatibility would allow the alignment of aid information with country budgets, enabling partner governments to plan their resource allocation most effectively and supporting accountability processes at the country level.

We believe that aid transparency is an area in which donors will be able to demonstrate real progress at Busan, with implementation of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) being crucial to that success. With less than 3 months to go before Busan, aid transparency must be recognised as a core theme and IATI as the primary vehicle for delivering this, embedded as a set of concrete, time-bound and measurable commitments in the final Outcome Document. In practice, this requires the following:
・All donors publish comprehensive, timely, forward-looking data on all aid flows in a common, public and comparable format in accordance with the IATI standard by December 2015;
・All donors publish implementation schedules by December 2012 in order to meet these commitments;
・Published information uses common definitions and formats that are compatible with partner countries' budgets and systems.

Your support in actively promoting aid transparency internationally will be vital before and during HLF-4.

1 The Evaluation of the Paris Declaration - Final Report, May 2011, p. 20.
2 The Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) is a network of senior budget officials in 22 African Ministries of Finance or Planning.

Japan's own transparency is equally important - we urge the Japanese Government to demonstrate its support for aid transparency by signing IATI before HLF-4 and by beginning to prepare an implementation plan for the publication of your existing aid information to the IATI standard. We welcome the development of information portals, such as the JICA Knowledge Site and request that accessibility and wider utility be increased by building compatibility with the international aid information standard.

IATI's feasibility for delivering aid transparency is now undeniable - donors accounting for 33% of reported ODA have so far declared their intention to publish to the standard by Busan. We look forward to working with you to ensure that this figure continues to grow and that HLF-4 truly delivers on aid transparency both for Japanese and partner country citizens.

Yours sincerely

Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) - Masaaki Ohashi, Chairperson
Oxfam Japan - Takumo Yamada, Advocacy Manager
Save the Children Japan - Hironobu Shibuya, Chief Executive Officer
World Vision Japan - Nobuhiko Katayama, National Director
Plan Japan - Kazuo Tsurumi, Executive Managing & National Director
Access Info Europe - Helen Darbishire, Executive Director
Access to Information Programme Bulgaria - Gergana Jouleva, Executive Director
Alliance for Aid Monitor Nepal (AAMN) - Prabhash Devkota, Secretary and National Program Manager
Alliance Sud - Michèle Laubscher, Coordinator of Development Policy
Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) - Lydia Alpízar, Executive Director
Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) - Marc Purcell, Executive Director
Bahrain Transparency Society - Adulnabi Alekry, President
Bond - Nick Roseveare, Chief Executive
CAFOD - Joanne Green, Head of Policy
Cercle de Coopération des ONG de développement - Christine Dahm, Secrétaire générale
Christian Aid - Loretta Minghella, Director
CIDSE - Bernd Nilles, Executive Director
Demnet Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights - Robert Hodosi, Policy Officer
Deutsche Welthungerhilfe - Uli Post, Director of Public Affairs and External Relations Dóchas - Hans Zomer, Director
Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation - Ms. Piret Hirv, Secretary-General Eurodad - Nuria Molina, Director
The Fight Against Corruption - Debbie Vogler, Chief Operating Officer
GlobalGiving Foundation - John Hecklinger, Chief Program Officer
Global South Initiative - Hansha Sanjyal, President
Gram Bharati Samiti - Bhawani Shanker Kusum, Secretary and Executive Director
HAND (Hungarian Association of NGOs for Development & Humanitarian Aid) - Ms. Tímea Gedeon, Director
Institute of Global Responsibility (Poland) - Marcin Wojtalik, Board Member
Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad - Juan E. Pardinas, Director General
International Budget Partnership - Warren Krafchik, Director. Member of the IATI Steering Committee
KEPA - Timo Lappalainen, Executive Director of Service Centre for Development Cooperation KEPA
Kurdistan Centre for Strengthening Administrative and Managerial Ability - Shadan Mohammed Saeed, Executive Director
Lalenok Ba Ema Hotu - Christopher Henry Samson, Executive Director
Make Poverty History Australia - Tom Costello & Joelle Auffray, Co-Chairs
Misereor - Bernd Bornhorst, Head of Development Policy
New African Research and Development Agency - Lancedell Mathews, Executive Director
Oikos, Cooperação e Desenvolvimento - João José Fernandes, Executive Director
ONE - Adrian Lovett, European Director
OpenAid - Claudia Schwegmann, Director
Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness - Brian Tomlinson, Member of the Global Facilitating Group. Member of the IATI Steering Committee
Open Knowledge Foundation - Daniel Deitrich, Chairman Executive Board
Oxfam International - Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director
Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD - Pedro Cruz, Executive Director
Polish Humanitarian Action - Janina Ochojska, President
Publish What You Fund - Karin Christiansen, Director. Member of the IATI Steering Committee
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights - Lynn Delaney, Executive Director
SHERPA - Maud Perdriel-Vaissiere, Managing Director
Slovak NGDO Platform (MVRO) - Nora Benakova, Chairwoman
Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project - Adetokunbo Mumuni, Executive Director
South African History Archives - Tammy O'Connor, Advocacy Officer
Tearfund - Matthew Frost, Chief Executive Officer
Tiri - Fredrik Galtung, Chief Executive Officer
Transparency International - Corbus de Swardt, Managing Director. Member of the IATI Steering Committee
Transparency International Pakistan - Saad Rashid, Executive Director
Transparency Palestine - Hama Ahmad Zeidan, Director of Advocacy and Legal Advice Center
WaterAid - Margaret Batty, Director Policy and Campaigns Department
World Vision International - Beris Gwynne, Director of Global Accountability. Member of the INGO Charter of Accountability Board and INGO Charter of Accountability Company representative on the CSO Open Forum on Development Effectiveness International CSO Advisory Group and the IATI Steering Committee.

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