The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Secretariat is pleased to report that this week the IATI Registry welcomed UN Women as the 100th publisher to the initiative.
Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening said:
“IATI’s launch in 2009 marked a step-change in the global transparency agenda, from political and public commitment to firm action taken. And today sees IATI going from strength to strength. Congratulations must go to the 35 IATI signatories and 100 publishers to date. The IATI family has shown that when organisations commit to being more open and accountable, they become more than the sum of their parts.
But there is still much more to do – both in terms of increasing the number of publishers and improving data quality. I urge all organisations, big or small, to publish their information to IATI. Only then can development activities be truly effective, efficient and accountable.”
A full list of publishers can be seen on the IATI Registry. IATI was launched in Accra, Ghana in 2008 and seeks to address development data demands by working with donors and implementing partners to make information is available in a consistent, comparable and coordinate way, removing the barriers to empowering informed decision making on aid remain. Users of information need to access the information they need when and where they need it, whether they are citizens of countries receiving aid, donors managing aid budgets, governments and parliamentarians, or civil society organisations.
The UK was the first government to publish its data through IATI, and it included fully disaggregated transaction reporting and forward-looking activity budgets. Sweden was the first to publish its entire links to activity documentation while the Democratic Republic of the Congo was the first recipient government to start using IATI data. Aside from governments, in the world of NGO’ Global Fund was the first to publish results with Oxfam being the first INGO to follow suit. The Hewlett Foundation was the first foundation to publish through IATI with the World Bank being the first multilateral donor organisation to publish.
While celebrating this important milestone in IATI we also look forward to working with our many partners in the future to broaden and develop the IATI process to encourage transparency in aid data at a global level.