Dear EU Donor Atlas User,
The EU is collectively the biggest donor in the world, spending €53 billion every year on helping the most vulnerable people on the planet and advancing development globally. I am always impressed by the combined force we achieve with European aid efforts – a fact that is also strikingly demonstrated by this new edition of the EU Donor Atlas.
However, impressive spending is no sufficient proof of success: increasing aid and improving its quality go hand in hand. It is critically important to know how our aid is delivered and what its impact is. In the EU, we pool our efforts and coordinate our programmes. For us, transparency is the cornerstone of aid effectiveness. Being transparent about what we fund and where means we can coordinate better. Transparency is necessary for us to be accountable to our partners in developing countries. Our funding becomes also more predictable, which is essential for them.
European citizens equally demand transparency and accountability in the disbursement of our aid. And the EU Donor Atlas is a significant tool in this, unlocking even more doors to information, and making it easily accessible. From the European's Commission's experience I can clearly say that these efforts pay off: EuropeAid's improved transparency has recently been recognised in the "2012 Transparency Index" of the Publish What You Fund campaign. We have moved up four places and now emerge as the fifth most transparent donor worldwide, sharing the third best transparency score.
If we manage to work together better, avoid duplication in our efforts and learn from each other's mistakes and achievements, then we will be able to lift more people out of poverty, faster. This goes hand in hand with reforming our aid which in the future will focus on areas where it is most needed and can make the biggest difference.
I am happy to present to you the new EU Donor Atlas, which provides an easy way to view and analyse aid figures. This time we have included a set of infographics to present some key aspects of EU aid – you can reach them with a couple of mouse clicks. If you are a stakeholder, journalist, or researcher, or an interested citizen who wants to know how development aid is spent: I hope that you will find this tool useful and easy to navigate.
European Commissioner for Development