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Transparency and Participation in International Aid (DE0020)



Action Plan: Germany Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Support Institution(s): Federal implementing organisations (GIZ, KfW, BGR, PTB, Engagement Global); Federal Foreign Office; additional ministries, German development cooperation NGOs, Transparency International, Open Knowledge Foundation

Policy Areas

Access to Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
The publication of current, detailed project information and data on development cooperation
in the spirit of the open data principles provides the foundation for evidence-based decisions
and for participation in the partner countries of German development cooperation, which
is a necessary precondition for achieving international development goals. Coordination,
accountability and participation at national and international level are strengthened
considerably by open data. The IATI Standard of the International Aid Transparency Initiative,
which was agreed internationally to that end, is implemented within the Federal Government
only partially and by individual ministries. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation
and Development (BMZ) now publishes updated data and information on a monthly basis
in accordance with the Standard (developed further within the 1st NAP), but it does not yet
entirely fulfil its requirements.
Achieving transparency goals requires additional measures to expand and improve the
quality and usability of data. Ongoing development measures should be presented in a
coherent and comprehensive way. The ministries and other participants in German development cooperation are striving for a coordinated approach to principles of transparency. We
also need to specifically promote the use of the published data, especially in developing
countries, in order to facilitate informed political participation and coordination of development cooperation. This is a matter of imparting knowledge but also of creating links with our
partners’ data systems.

What is the commitment?
Building on the dialogue process that was started with the first NAP, structured formats
with German stakeholders in development cooperation, civil society and ministries will be
expanded within the framework of the ODA transparency expert group that was founded
in 2018. These formats serve the goal of implementing and using the IATI Standard and
facilitating the coordination of basic guidelines regarding the publication of information.
The BMZ will set up a management system to optimise and safeguard data quality and to
expand German IATI reporting.
An IATI visualisation portal of the BMZ is intended to improve the usability of IATI data. A
strategy will be created to encourage the use of IATI data, especially in partner countries
and for donor coordination but also by the German public; workshops in partner countries
will be used to develop clear courses of action.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem?
The measures will directly tackle the following challenges:
• Expanding, updating and consolidating the pool of information regarding German development cooperation
•Improving its potential for utilisation
•Improving all private individuals’ access, use of information and thus participation in issues concerning development cooperation, especially in Germany and our partner countries

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
Transparency is a foundational principle of effective development cooperation. Disclosing
the use of funds makes German development cooperation more predictable and comprehensible.
The commitments are relevant to accountability, anti-corruption and political participation. Continuing the dialogue between state and non-state actors regarding transparent
development cooperation strengthens mutual trust and fosters long-term constructive
cooperation in the spirit of open policy design.


  1. Participatory Development of Research and Innovation Policy

    DE0022, 2019, Public Participation

  2. Participatory Creation of Regulatory Policy

    DE0023, 2019, Open Regulations

  3. Digital Strategy Pilot for Rural Regions

    DE0024, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  4. Open Government in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0025, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Policy Co-Creation in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0026, 2019, Land Rights and Spatial Planning

  6. Data Sovereignty in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0027, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Open Government Portal in Saxony

    DE0028, 2019, E-Government

  8. Open-Source Software in Public Administrations in Schleswig-Holstein

    DE0029, 2019, Subnational

  9. Regional Open Government Labs

    DE0016, 2019, Public Participation

  10. Civil Society Consulation on Foreign Policy

    DE0017, 2019,

  11. Create Youth Strategy

    DE0018, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  12. Craete Federal Agency for Digital Innovation

    DE0019, 2019,

  13. Transparency and Participation in International Aid

    DE0020, 2019, Access to Information

  14. Strengthen and Socialize Open Data Policy

    DE0021, 2019, Access to Information

  15. Conditions for OGP Participation

    DE0001, 2017,

  16. Open Data in Administrative Practice

    DE0002, 2017, Access to Information

  17. Open Data Environment

    DE0003, 2017, Access to Information

  18. Access to Spatial Data

    DE0004, 2017, Access to Information

  19. Financial Transparency - EITI Standard

    DE0005, 2017, Access to Information

  20. Transparency in Development Policy

    DE0006, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Open Data for Intelligent Mobility

    DE0007, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Citizen Participation in Environmental Policy and Urban Development

    DE0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  23. Electronic Procedures for Family Benefits

    DE0009, 2017, E-Government

  24. Knowledge Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

    DE0010, 2017, E-Government

  25. Local Alliances for Family Initiative

    DE0011, 2017, Public Participation

  26. Share of Women and Men in Leadership Positions, Private and Private Sectors

    DE0012, 2017, E-Government

  27. Open Access to Academic Literature

    DE0013, 2017, E-Government

  28. Science Year 2018

    DE0014, 2017, Public Participation

  29. Federal Competition “Living Together Hand in Hand”

    DE0015, 2017, Citizenship & Immigration

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