What does transparency that leads to accountability look like? We summarise the key ideas from our live chat panel
Transparency depends on both civil society and governments: Being, or becoming, transparent requires efforts and skills on the side of governments, and using available information requires efforts and skills on the side of civil society and citizens more generally. Both are equally important and deserve support.
Collaboration helps build government incentives: It's often a combination of different factors that convinces governments to become more transparent. Pressure from outside (donors), within (CSOs and media) and from the sides (parliaments and audit bodies) can all add up. Make sure that these efforts complement each other.
Benchmarks and incentives should adapt to context: Benchmarks and incentives should be adapted to country context, negotiated in an open and participatory process, linked to capacity building and coupled with improvements in donor transparency.