About us

CoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (CoST) is one of the leading global initiatives improving transparency and accountability in public infrastructure.

CoST works with government, private sector and civil society to promote the disclosure, validation and interpretation of data from infrastructure projects. This helps to inform and empower citizens and enables them to hold decision-makers to account. Our experience indicates that Informed citizens and responsive public institutions help drive reforms that reduce mismanagement, inefficiency, corruption and the risks posed to the public from poor quality infrastructure.

CoST works globally with members spanning four continents. In addition to working with CoST members at national and sub-national levels, CoST works internationally with a range of partners to share and promote experience and knowledge on transparency, participation and accountability.

Some of our partners include Open Contracting Partnership, Open Government Partnership, International Budget Partnership, Transparency International, Hivos, and Water Integrity Network. We also contribute our expertise in public infrastructure to the work of international organisations such as the OECD, Civic-20 and the UNEP.