IATI Activity

Definition

Within the IATI activity standard the iati-activity is the building block to describe development cooperation activities.

An iati-activity represents a distinct grouping of information that reports various facts of an activity.

A human-readable title and description for an iati-activity can be provided using:

  • title - a short, human-readable title.
  • description - a longer, human-readable description.

Considerations

When using the IATI activity standard to declare an iati-activity, the following should be considered:

  • Every iati-activity must have a globally unique iati-identifier
  • Publishers can decide on how best to structure and segment their data around one or several iati-activity
  • Publishers can decide to utilise the @hierarchy attribute to represent subdivision of units of aid.
  • A publisher can set a default language and @default-currency, that is then used throughout the iati-activity. This can be overridden in subsequent elements however.
  • The @last-updated-datetime date must change whenever the value of any field within the associated iati-activity is updated.
  • It is recommended that the title should be concise and jargon-free
  • A description can have different focal points, by using the appropriate DescriptionType codelist
  • The free-text instances of title and description should avoid use of text in CAPITALS, where possible.
  • Both the title and descriptions can be repeated for different languages.
  • When an iati-activity is being implemented in a recipient-country where the official language is different to that of the reporting-org it is recommended that activity title and description are provided in all official reporting-org and recipient-country languages

2.01 Considerations

In version 2.01, the following must also be considered:

  • The title and description are mandatory elements of any iati-activity.
  • Any freetext title or description must be included in the child narrative element, which can be repeated for different languages.
  • The order of the elements presented in any iati-activity must follow the order set out in the schema.