The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) reaffirmed its commitment to IATI in a comprehensive new Transparency Agenda published earlier this week. DFID was a founding member of the initiative and was the first organisation to publish their aid information to IATI back in 2011.
In ‘Open aid, open societies: A vision for a transparent world’, DFID said that it would maintain it’s record as “one of the world’s most transparent donors”, and confirmed its UK Aid Strategy commitment to ensure that all departments involved in delivering Official Development Assistance (ODA) are ranked as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ in Publish What You Fund’s Aid Transparency Index by 2020.
The document also highlighted the importance of data use, and re-stated DFID’s requirement that all of its implementing partners should publish to IATI. The full text is as follows:
“We will continue to collaborate with international initiatives that promote aid transparency, driving greater use of aid transparency data for greater accountability and effectiveness. We require all our implementing partners to publish to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) or other relevant international transparency standards, and to pass the same expectations down their delivery chains.”