‘Using the best available data is crucial for informing effective decisions’
What data can I find?
You can find IATI data on more than 1 million development and humanitarian activities across the world. The data covers finances, locations, sectors, results and more.
The data has been published to IATI by more than 750 organisations. These include donor governments, development finance institutions and UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, foundations and private sector organisations.
Why should I use the data?
Using transparent, good quality data helps efforts to achieve sustainable development. IATI sets the standard for the way information is reported so it is easier to plan, track and compare the progress and outcomes of different projects and activities. IATI data is ‘open data’, so it can be used by anyone for any purpose.
Accessing and using the best available data is crucial for informing effective decisions to promote development and provide essential support in the face of humanitarian crises. Access to IATI data is an important planning aid for developing and donor country governments. It enables academics, politicians, campaigners, journalists, and members of the public to understand how development and humanitarian resources are used. It also gives them the information they need to hold to account those who provide or use aid funding.
- Read more about the benefits of using IATI to find and explore data
- See more on who publishes and uses IATI data
Types of data available
Data that can be found through IATI covers organisations and their activities. An ‘activity’ in IATI is any individual piece of development or humanitarian work, the scope of which is defined by the organisation publishing the data.
Under the IATI data standard, activity information should cover finances, location, sector, results, and any conditions placed on the activity. Supporting documents can also be published.
Find financial information on individual activities as well as organisations’ past and future spending. This includes:
- Activity budget - the expected or committed budget for an activity, which can be broken down into different time periods, for example calendar years.
- Transactions - how an activity is being financed and how the money is being spent. For example, organisations can report who has commited money to the activity, and when the money is received. When incoming and outgoing funds between organisations are linked, the flow of funds can be traced from donor to point of delivery.
- Flow type - the type of resource being reported. For example, a private grant, official development assistance or another financial flow.
- Total budget - the total budget for an organisation’s development and humanitarian work within a year. Organisations can publish this for each of the next three years and break the total down into budget lines.
- Planned budgets - a breakdown of the total budget showing what the organisation expects to spend on individual recipient countries, regions or organisations.
- Total expenditure - the total spend by an organisation on development and humanitarian expenditure, broken down by year.
You can view activity data by region or recipient country. Organisations can also include sub-national locations. These allow you to map or view the precise locations, using coordinates, where activities are taking place.
Discover the sectors or policy areas that organisations work in - such as health, research or gender. Organisations label their activities based on the OECD Development Assistance Committee’s sector list to ensure consistency across different reporting standards. Organisations can also use self-defined sector categories where appropriate.
You can see the results data reported for an activity, including its impact and outcomes. This includes a title, a short description of the result and reference to an indicator that the specific activity is being measured against. Links to result documents may also be available.
You can look for any conditions attached to an activity - for example the interest rate on a loan or any specific requirements for funds to be spent on goods or services in a particular country.
Organisations can include background documents that relate to a specific activity, or to their organisation, as part of their IATI publishing. These can include country action plans, results frameworks and annual reports.
Quality of IATI data
Organisations are responsible for deciding how much detail they provide on their activities and IATI does not audit or verify the data. It is expected that organisations continually improve the range and quality of their data. Users of IATI data play a key role alongside the IATI technical team in helping increase the quality of published data.
If you spot an error in an organisation’s data or if you think data is missing, please contact the publisher. Guidance on how to find the publisher’s contact email is available at How to get help with using IATI data.
Using the data
There are numerous tools and resources to help you use the data. These range from simple tools anyone can use to see the information, through to technical resources for developers who want to integrate data into other systems or build new tools.