New tool for tracking foreign aid money

As part of the Obama Administration’s plan to reform foreign aid and to increase government transparency, they’ve launched a website that allows you to examine and track foreign aid.

It’s called the Foreign Assistance Dashboard. Here’s a screen grab look at one page on the site:

foreign aid dollars by country

As the Global Campaign for Aid Transparency and Tom Murphy of A View From the Cave both note, it is still a work in progress but a step in the right direction. Says Murphy:

The matrix of information shows that there is still a lot of information yet to be published, but I find it to be encouraging that they are following through with the idea.  By sharing the matrix, they have shown what they intend to accomplish and how much information has yet to be added to the site.

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