Effective Aid through Public Participation
TI Georgia's project "Effective Aid through Public Participation" was designed to enable key democratic stakeholders in Georgia to engage with processes of international aid allocation and implementation by mapping and monitoring aid flows, providing the general public with accessible and comprehensible information on aid allocation and implementation, and building a popular foundation for advocacy efforts. The project produced and disseminated three studies on international aid. The first study critically engaged with the issue of access to information on aid, drawing public attention to the difficulty of obtaining even the most basic information on aid payments from many international donors. The study recommended that the Georgian Ministry of Finance publish all donor contributions to Georgia online, a suggestion that was subsequently adopted by the ministry. Targeted distribution of the study to aid campaigners in the US and Europe ensured that TI Georgia’s findings on the ground directly fed back into debates about aid effectiveness on the global level. The second study examined the impact of foreign budget support on the Georgian draft state budget for 2009. The third study was based on a nationwide representative opinion poll commissioned by TI Georgia, bringing popular wishes and concerns related to aid to the attention of donors and Georgian policy makers.