Open DI — Publishing to IATI

We report our project activities to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard. We see this as an essential part of openness and transparency around the work we are doing.

IATI seeks to improve the accessibility, quality, detail and timeliness of information on aid flows by laying out recommended data items for organisations to report on. An agreed electronic format for reporting enables data from different organisations to be easily compared.

We believe that IATI has added value in enabling people to trace aid through the delivery chain. This traceability begins from the initial donor, going right through to the organisation implementing a project at the country level.

We are IATI compliant for several reasons:

  • To improve access to information about DI’s work
  • To add to traceable data in IATI
  • To create a methodology for implementing IATI that can be shared among other civil society organisations

What are we publishing?

The IATI Standard asks for a broad cross-section of information on projects including:

  • Titles and descriptions
  • Transactions
  • Dates
  • Documents
  • Results
  • Subnational geographic information

We are working towards full IATI compliance incrementally and are continually improving our data.

We are publishing:

  • Current activities relating to our main programmes – Information to End Poverty, Global Humanitarian Assistance, Better Data Better Aid Better Results, Programme Partnership Arrangement (with UK Department for International Development) and our role as Technical Lead in the IATI hosting consortium.
  • Historic aidinfo phases 1, 2 and 3 project data
  • Historic IATI data
  • Titles and descriptions
  • Transactions aggregated by type and quarter
  • Activity start and end dates
  • Activity country or region

We aren’t yet publishing:

  • Subnational geographic information
  • Budget information
  • Organisation documents
  • Results

For more information on our approach to publication, please see our implementation schedule.

How are we publishing?

Our data is published in XML format, a computer-readable language which enables the data to be combined more easily with other data sets.

XML looks like this:

<transaction><description>Staff costs – Q2, 2011/12</description>

<value value-date=”2011-09-30″>70797</value><transaction-date iso-date=”2011-09-30″/>

<transaction-type code=”E”>Expenditure</transaction-type>

</transaction>

<description>aidinfo staff costs</description><iati-identifier>GB-COH-06368740-DIPRA</iati-identifier><title>aidinfo staff costs</title>

You can access our current raw IATI data in XML format.

Explore the data: d-portal

We have created a platform for exploring IATI data called d-portal, enabling users to view the data either from a recipient country perspective, or by publisher. You can see our data, and within d-portal you can explore all other data published to IATI, with the ability to drill down to individual projects via tables, charts and maps.

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If you prefer working with spreadsheets, you can also download CSV files from the tables on d-portal.

We have also developed a generator within d-portal to allow anyone to select content from d-portal and re-use it in a webpage or blog post

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In the generator you select your content, and take the code generated to embed the content into your site. For example, here’s our current data shown by recipient country:

This table has been embedded to show you our IATI data: you can investigate further by clicking on cells to access the relevant d-portal page and drill down into more project detail.  Once you take the code from the generator and embed it as we have here, the data updates automatically and you can choose to display most aspects of information currently available in d-portal including tables, charts and maps.

For more examples of what you can embed using the d-portal generator.

Read more about d-portal and IATI data.

If you have any questions or queries, then don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@devinit.org.