KOICA ranks 3rd among donor countries in global index for aid transparency

2022.07.15

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- KOICA earns “Good” (second highest) rating in Aid Transparency Index for second consecutive time 


- In terms of donor countries, KOICA comes 3rd following U.S., Germany, earns recognition for transparency and accountability in grant aid implementation 


- KOICA is Korea’s sole organization subject to aid transparency evaluation 



KOICA has been globally recognized as a transparent and accountable aid donor in the international community according to the results of an aid transparency evaluation. The agency received a “Good” rating in the 2022 Aid Transparency Index (ATI) released by Publish What You Fund (PWYF), an independent NGO based in the UK that campaigns for aid transparency, on July 13. It is the second time that Korea has received a “Good” rating since 2020.


*Link to PWYF’s Aid Transparency Index -

https://www.publishwhatyoufund.org/the-index/2020/ 


KOICA is Korea’s sole organization subject to the aid transparency assessment. Considering KOICA’s share in Korea’s grant aid, KOICA’s score can be said to represent the transparency of Korea’s aid.


Compared to the previous evaluation in 2020, KOICA’s scores rose evenly throughout evaluation criteria such as organizational planning and commitments, finance and budgets, and joining-up development data. KOICA’s aid transparency index rose from 36.94 points in 2018 to 70.7 points in 2020, and to 77.7 points in 2022, marking a 10% increase from 2020. KOICA’s evaluation rating also rose two levels from 2018’s “Poor” to 2020’s “Good,” and maintained this level in 2022.


ATI is evaluated through 35 indicators grouped into five categories: organizational planning and commitments, finance and budgets, project attributes, joining-up development data, and performance.


In terms of overall ranking, KOICA ranked 13th out of 50 aid organizations around the world that were subject to evaluation in 2022. In terms of donor countries, KOICA ranked 3rd following the U.S. (5th) and Germany (11th).


Upon receiving a “Poor” evaluation in 2018, KOICA established strategic plans to improve its aid transparency based on analysis of evaluation indicators. Consequently, KOICA strengthened its statistical information management system by improving its data collection system and a technical upgrading of its system.


In addition, each department designated a statistics manager, and consistently managed statistics, improving data quality through a review of the statistical categories of each of its development cooperation projects.


In accordance with PWYF’s recommendations, KOICA is also conducting information disclosures four times a year. The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) expanded the category of items subject to disclosure from 32 to 35. Accordingly, KOICA checked its project-related statistics repeatedly to ensure the credibility and utility of its data.


“Despite the strengthening of evaluation standards and changes in some indicators, it is a remarkable achievement for KOICA to have received the highest score since its eligibility in the 2022 Aid Transparency Index,” said Director General Ahn Ji-hee of KOICA’s Data Innovation Team. “In accordance with the results of the evaluation, KOICA will strive to make strides as a leading development cooperation agency on par with advanced countries.”


ATI was developed by PWYF to measure the aid transparency of donor countries and related organizations. All evaluated organizations are categorized into the following five groups based on their scores: Very Good (80-100), Good (60-79), Fair (40-59), Poor (20-39), and Very Poor (0-19). Evaluations are conducted every other year.


Those that ranked at the top in this year’s evaluation were mostly international organizations, such as the the African Development Bank (AfDB) Sovereign Portfolio (1st), World Bank (WB) (2nd), and International Development Association (IDA) (3rd).


Having joined IATI in 2015, KOICA has gradually been expanding the scope of its information disclosure, and currently submits statistics on the performance of its development cooperation projects to IATI.


Meanwhile, KOICA established its Digital Transformation (DT) strategy in 2021 and is consequently carrying out an expansion of digital-based ODA projects, the digitalization of project management, and establishment of a data management system. KOICA plans to organically link its digital transformation strategy with aims to improve its ATI scores in the future.





Screenshot of KOICA’s ranking in the Aid Transparency Index (ATI) released by Publish What You Fund (PWYF)