David Saldivar (2012-13)
Policy and Advocacy Adviser for Aid Effectiveness,
Oxfam, Washington, DC.
My thesis research was on legal reforms to enhance transparency and accountability in developing countries. After graduating from PROLAW, I joined Oxfam America in Washington, DC as a policy and advocacy advisor on aid effectiveness. Oxfam's aid policy advocacy centers on reforming United States development policy and practice so that US foreign aid is a more useful tool in the hands of citizens and activists on the front lines of the struggle to end poverty, build institutions and establish the rule of law in countries receiving aid. My work focuses on extending the transparency of US foreign assistance, through legislation and compliance with international commitments like the Open Government Partnership and the International Aid Transparency Initiative, and collaborating with Oxfam's civil society and local government partners in the field to ensure that increased transparency of aid helps lead to more accountability for development outcomes.
Here's a blog post I wrote about this in conjunction with the release of a report about how donors are doing on aid transparency: