The latest Aid Transparency Index has revealed that the transparency around Australia’s aid funds remains on the decline.
“This is a worrying trend, as it is vital that there is transparency around where aid money is spent,” said Marc Purcell, CEO of the Australian Council for International Development.
“Taxpayers need to know that their money is being spent appropriately and efficiently, and that there is accountability.
“A high level of transparency builds confidence in the overall aid program. Transparency is also key to measuring effectiveness,” said Purcell.
Ministers Penny Wong and Pat Conroy have commented that the Albanese Government plans to rebuild Australia’s international development program, including taking measures to improve aid transparency and accountability. Whilst these comments are positive, NSWCCL hopes that the government applies urgency to new transparency measures.
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