Flurry of publishing activity to IATI in the run up to Busan

  • Nov. 25, 2011

Ahead of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, which starts next Tuesday, a number of organisations have been working hard to publish their data to the IATI standard before the forum begins.

By the end of today, five further organisations will have published to the IATI RegistryGlobal Fund, Finland, Spain, UNDP, Oxfam and The Indigo Trust, and a further three are working to do so before HLF4 begins next week.

For full details on the implementation status of individual IATI signatories you can view our graphic, Publishing IATI: The Road to Busan, but in summary, the picture is as follows:

Twelve signatories have now published IATI data: Australia, EU, Finland, Global Fund, Hewlett Foundation, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK, UNOPS, UNDP and World Bank. A further three —Denmark, Switzerland, and Asian Development Bank—are working to publish prior to Busan. Four Civil Society Organisations have already published data—Oxfam, Development Initiatives Poverty Research, Engineers Without Borders Canada and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. One additional foundation (Indigo Trust) has also published.

Those publishing so far provide some 42% of Official Development Assistance and Other Official Flows (average for 2008-09), with information from the Hewlett Foundation, the Indigo Trust, UNOPS and four CSOs being additional to this. Once all existing signatories publish their information this figure will increase to 64%. Previously stated interest from Canada and the US in aligning with the IATI standard would bring the coverage up to 80%.

This rush to publish demonstrates strong commitment to increased transparency as the foundation for improved aid effectiveness, and firm support for the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) as the means of delivery. By publishing their aid information to IATI’s common, open standard, these organisations are ensuring that their data can be used, compared and re-purposed to meet many different needs.

The range of information published to IATI by these donors, and others, will grow over time, increasing its usefulness to stakeholders in partner countries.

To view the data, visit the IATI registry. As more information is released by donors over time, we expect to see a number of graphs and charts emerging based on this data. There are already some developments underway; the IATI Data Explorer allows you to choose specific sets of aid activities to view in depth. The Guardian Global Development website has an array of visualisations based on donor-released data that’s worth taking a look at.

These projects, along with a number of others currently being worked on, means that data users will be able to view, and play with, the data in easy-to-understand visualisations.

If you would like more information on IATI’s activities at Busan please visit our IATI in Busan page.