FAQ

  • Explore more of what individual TAI donors fund under our Members section and through the databases of Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Omidyar Network, and the Development Tracker of the UK Department for International Development.

    TAI members support a wide range of innovative transparency and accountability engagements. The collective TAI priorities of data use for accountability, tax governance, strengthening civic space, and learning reflect a small, but important, subset of our member’s work on governance and citizen engagement. 

    Transparency is core to TAI’s philosophy and how our donors members approach their own practice. All are committed to integrating these principles even further into their grant-making practice, while safeguarding the security of their grantees. TAI members have been champions of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and several publish to the standard themselves. TAI is exploring ways to make equivalent funding information available for all members.

    Mindful of the privacy concerns that can accompany grant disclosures, TAI works alongside our donor members to provide information and analysis around what donor members are funding, particularly around our thematic priorities. For example, TAI will be launching a dynamic map of our donor member’s work on tax governance, highlighting the collaborative’s thematic focus within the sub-sector and the grantees we work alongside. We plan to continue this trend by sharing our own mappings of our priority work streams, sharing links to funding databases, and other resources of interest.

    TAI is a purely funder group. We do not have civil society members and should not be confused with networks, such as the Access Initiative (that shares the TAI acronym).

  • TAI welcomes the chance to collaborate with other funders (public, private, and multilateral) who share our commitment to the transparency and accountability agenda and robust donor coordination. All TAI members share the following attributes:

    • a significant portfolio of support for transparency and accountability programming at global and/or country level
    • strong and sustained interest in the joint TAI strategic priorities
    • shared commitment to modeling the values we ask of others, respect and recognition of power dynamics, and being more than the sum of our parts.

    To learn more about joining TAI as a full or associate member, please contact us.

  • While our old work streams did not carry over directly into Transparency and Accountability Initiative’s new strategy, our past work was instrumental in laying the groundwork for our new ambitious targets. We continue to build on the insights, relationships, and knowledge gained from our earlier activities. For example, TAI previously managed TALEARN, a platform for learning alongside practitioners. Our experience with TALEARN illuminated a shared interest among practitioners to be more effective learning organizations. As a result, TAI is supporting the creation of an independent field-led network on adaptive learning for the transparency and accountability field.

    The Open Gov Guide has become an established resource for national action plan development.  It should be kept relevant to advances in open government practice. Accordingly, TAI has transitioned stewardship of the Guide to the Open Government Partnership Support Unit to be integrated with their new web platform.

    To make sure we do not miss opportunities to capitalize on TAI’s previous activities related to impact & learning, new technologies, or policy innovations, the resources remain available in the Resources section and through a full archive of the old site.

  • TAI is not a re-granting organization and does not receive, review, or fund proposals. Instead, TAI works directly with our donor members to increase the impact of their funding around our priority thematic areas.

    Though TAI is “donor-facing,” we are very conscious that we are not the real change makers. A funder’s role is to support those in government, civil society and industry who are championing and leveraging greater transparency and accountability for the public good. To this end, TAI supports collective efforts to reinforce grantee learning. We will have public good versions of the research and analysis we undertake. We are also committed to identifying practitioner needs and the means by which funders can reduct transaction costs for grantee organizations so they can focus on the critical challenges of implementation.

  • The collective TAI priorities (data use for accountability, tax governance, strengthening civic space) were carefully selected after collective deliberation among TAI donor members and extensive conversations with grantees, researchers, practitioners, and a wide network of other stakeholders. These priorities are essential to delivering on the donor members’ strategies and merit a collective approach due to the complexity and scale of problems involved.

    Why just four areas? Donor members invest in TAI as one way of increasing their impact. While transparency and accountability is critical in all sectors, it makes sense to avoid diffusing efforts too far and to test the effectiveness of collaboration around a limited number of goals.

    TAI will continue to scan the horizon for important developments relating to transparency and accountability, and will revisit our strategy regularly.