FAO already identifies itself as a “knowledge organization”, publishing not only a wealth of information and statistics produced by its technical experts but also data on its procurement activities, governing body documents and information on operations. Now FAO sees joining IATI as a “natural step” in its commitment to transparency and openness.
Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director-General (Operations) says: “Sharing data is part of FAO’s core mandate. We are looking forward to joining the large number of IATI publishers in providing quality data on our projects in standardized formats contributing to the possibilities of improved coordination and efficiencies in our work towards the 2030 Agenda”.
“Ultimately we hope that an increased number of UN organizations publishing IATI data can lead not only to significant benefits in terms of openness of the UN system, but also to streamlining of information and reporting to donors, member nations and the public.
The FAO joins 70 members of IATI from across the world, including donor and partner country governments, multilaterals, foundations, private sector and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
More information on IATI’s members and how to join IATI can be found in its new Members’ Assembly section.