Not-for-profit foundation, Akvo has become IATI’s latest member. Started in 2006, Akvo supports several hundred organisations worldwide to report, monitor, evaluate and share their development data.
In 2014 Akvo updated their online platform, Akvo RSR (Really Simple Reporting) to help its users easily publish development information to IATI and automatically showcase their data.
Akvo is itself an IATI publisher and has been involved in IATI’s community by attending key meetings including the TAG.
Marten Schoonman, Technical Account Manager says: “We’ve advocated for open data (and open source soft- and hardware) in the development aid sector since Akvo started. It’s in our DNA. We regularly participate in various IATI and open data events and Akvo are delighted to step up and join the movement by being an active member.”
The organisation has been keen to help develop and promote IATI’s value in storytelling and capturing the results of development projects. “IATI is not just about finances and organisations we believe, but also very much about achievements or ‘return on investment’. Both funders and the public are increasingly asking for clarity on ‘what has been achieved”.
Akvo hopes to promote the business case for IATI through a new framework that outlines the multiple benefits that the IATI Standard can provide for data management, collaboration, reporting, communication and compliance.
Akvo joins over 70 IATI members from across the development, aid and humanitarian sectors. More information on these organisations and how to join IATI can be found in our Members’ Assembly section.