And Yet They Thrive!—Regaining the Relevance of a Transparency System

19 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2018

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Pontus Hedlin

Stockholm University - Stockholm Business School

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

Over the past decade, a host of donor organizations implemented transparency systems to make international development aid more transparent to the public. These initiatives have met with little public interest, but their proliferation and development show no sign of diminishing. This article shows how internal importance to the political system, fueled by formal rankings and the exhibition of transparency systems as a flagship initiative, can replace relevance to the public as a driving force for sustainable development. The article concludes by discussing the possibility of a future development where transparency systems finally do connect with user groups, such as citizens of both donor and recipient countries, and gain a relevance even beyond original intentions.

Keywords: aid transparency, transparency systems, user relevance

Suggested Citation

Hedlin, Pontus, And Yet They Thrive!—Regaining the Relevance of a Transparency System (March 2018). Development Policy Review, Vol. 36, pp. O495-O513, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3116492 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12358

Pontus Hedlin (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Stockholm Business School ( email )

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