A new five-year strategic plan to drive the work of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) was warmly welcomed and agreed at this week’s 2019 IATI Members’ Assembly.
Members approved the text of the IATI Strategic Plan (2020-2025) (ES / FR) at IATI's annual meeting, which was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on 11-12 September. More than 100 delegates representing member and observer organisations joined from donor and developing country governments, multilaterals, development finance institutions, civil society and private sector organisations.
The Strategic Plan was developed following an extensive consultation process involving participants from over 20 countries. To ensure the Strategic Plan was demand-driven, IATI held online surveys, focus groups, a technical face-to-face meeting and conducted focused case studies in Malawi and Somalia. More than 200 comments were also received in English, French and Spanish through an open online discussion forum.
Three key objectives
The plan sets out three mutually reinforcing objectives for the initiative over the next five years. These are improving the quality of IATI data that is published; promoting the use of data by development and humanitarian actors; and strengthening IATI’s data Standard and reinvigorating its community of publishers and members. These objectives are crucial in helping IATI achieve its vision: that transparent, good quality information on development resources and results is available and used by all stakeholder groups to help achieve sustainable development outcomes.
Measuring the success of the Strategic Plan
At the meeting, IATI members underscored the importance of a comprehensive results framework to ensure that the success of the Strategic Plan is tracked and assessed. IATI’s Governing Board agreed to use members’ feedback to develop and finalise a results framework over the coming months, which will be annexed to the IATI Strategic Plan in due course. Progress in implementing the plan will also be monitored by IATI members at future annual Members’ Assembly meetings.
IATI members, technical experts, data publishers and users from across the international development and humanitarian communities are encouraged to advise and work together to ensure the Strategic Plan is successful.
Following the approval of the Strategic Plan, the Governing Board will create an annual budget and workplan in line with the Plan's objectives and the IATI Secretariat will coordinate their implementation. Members, technical experts, data publishers and users from across the international development and humanitarian communities are encouraged to advise and work together to ensure the Strategic Plan is successful.
IATI’s Governing Board and Secretariat thanks IATI members and the wider community for dedicating their time, energy and ideas towards creating IATI’s Strategic Plan (2020-2025).