This week, the Republic of Benin became the latest member of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). As members, they join a group of organisations committed to transparent and open development, and become official participants in the Steering Committee, giving them a stake in the governance and future direction of IATI.
Benin will be the 27th member of the Partner Country Caucus, a group which plays a vital role in the initiative by driving progress in a direction that meets the needs of data users at country level. This input ensures that the availability and accessibility of information on resource flows coming into developing countries is the central focus of IATI and its work.
We looked at some of the IATI data published by development cooperation providers in Benin using d-portal. 41 IATI publishers, including the World Bank, France and Plan International USA are sharing data on 361 active projects in Benin, in sectors including health, infrastructure and governance and security. This data could be used by Benin in the future to enhance aid management systems, and improve availability of data on external resources to be used in national planning and budgeting.