600 organisations have now published their spending to IATI, marking a huge commitment to transparency from the aid, humanitarian and development sectors.
IATI’s 600th publisher is Tree aid, who describe their work as “helping villagers living in the drylands of Africa to unlock the potential of trees to reduce poverty and protect the environment”.
Since the initiative was established in 2008 and the first organisation (UK’s Department for International Development) began publishing in 2011, over 700,000 activities have been reported to IATI’s data Standard by governments, multilaterals, NGOs, foundations, private sector and development finance institutions.
The majority of publishers are NGOs, which is partly due to the UK and Dutch governments’ requiring organisations who receive their funding to report their spending to IATI. The number of NGOs is set to expand even further when plans to make IATI publishing mandatory come into force in Belgium next year.
IATI was originally set up to meet the demand from partner country governments for information on external resources to better inform their decision-making. Over the last year, Somalia, Mali and Guinea as new members of IATI have begun to explore the different ways in which they can benefit from IATI data, including by integrating it into their governments’ Aid Information Management Systems.
Search for IATI data on aid, humanitarian and development spending and activities by visiting IATI’s online tool d-portal.org.