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Open aid

Openaid.se visualises all of Sweden’s aid to the world based on open government data. Transparency is imperative to ensure quality and accountability within the aid sector. In order to combat poverty as effectively as possible, aid has to be open to public control and ideas from more sources.

In 2010, a transparency guarantee was introduced to Swedish development assistance. The guarantee means that public documentation and information about Swedish aid are actively made available on the Web.
The website for this is Openaid.se, a web-based information service about Swedish aid built on open government data. Here, the public, aid actors and other stakeholders can follow when, to whom and for what purposes aid funds have been paid and with what results. Openaid.se shows the available contribution data in as much detail as possible.
Sida, The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency maintains Openaid.se.
Other agencies and ministries that handle aid funds are also presented on the site. A new version of Openaid.se was launched in September 2014, which is entirely based on the IATI-standard (International Aid Transparency Initiative), an international standard for accounting of open aid data that is used worldwide.
Openaid.se is also developed with an open-source license, which means that anyone is allowed to reuse the software developed for openaid.se. 

A transparency guarantee in Swedish development assistance - read more on government.se.

International Aid Transparency Initiative - read more on aidtransparency.net

Development and aid

Sweden has a long tradition of generous and ambitious development aid. Development cooperation is about helping to enable poor people to improve their living conditions. Swedish development aid is often channelled through international organisations such as the UN and the EU. Humanitarian assistance refers to Sweden’s activities to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain the human dignity of those affected by natural disasters, armed conflicts or other similar circumstances.