Sweden have became the ninth signatory to publish their data to the IATI Registry, fulfilling their promise to do so before the fourth High Level Forum in Busan at the end of this month.
Sweden is a strong supporter of aid transparency, having launched its own aid transparency guarantee under its Open Aid initiative back in April of this year.
As with other IATI signatories, the significance of Sweden’s initial publication to IATI isn’t about the publication of additional data, although this will come in time, as the number of fields that donors publish increases. The main benefits are that by publishing up-to-date aid information in a common, open standard, that data will be more timely, and therefore more useful to stakeholders, and it will be possible for many different users to find, use and re-purpose that information to meet their individual needs.
Several more IATI signatories are expected to publish their initial data to the IATI standard in the run up to Busan… watch this space!