DI is Technical Lead for IATI

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Development Initiatives is delighted to announce that we are to continue our role as technical lead within the new multi-stakeholder Secretariat for the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the new Secretariat also comprises the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Governments of Ghana and Sweden. The Secretariat takes over from the UK’s Department for International Development which was the previous host.

Launched in 2008, IATI provides a common data format for countries willing to release information about current and future development cooperation spending in a timely, comparable and accessible format. More than 180 governments, UN agencies, multilaterals and NGOs covering 76 percent of the official development assistance given publish their data to IATI, and more than 20 partner countries have endorsed the initiative.

As technical lead, our role will be to support all organisations wishing to publish to the standard, a role we have performed for many publishers already, as partners of DFID since the launch of the Initiative.

On behalf of Development Initiatives, Harpinder Collacott, Director of Engagement and Impact said:

As technical lead for the consortium, our aim is to support more organisations to publish to the IATI standard, to improve the quality of the data that is published, and to promote greater use of IATI data.

Future challenges and opportunities

There are many exciting challenges and opportunities for IATI at this time, as the rising profile of the issue of transparency in development assistance brings new supporters of the standard. IATI’s ability to adjust to the changing development cooperation architecture will be a key challenge in advancing IATI implementation over the next three years. Crucially, the Secretariat will be discussing how to incorporate information on broader development finance flows, in addition to official development assistance as these are increasingly important in this context. This will require deeper engagement with a wide range of providers of development cooperation, particularly emerging economies, foundations, and the private sector.

We look forward to working with all these providers to support them to publish timely, transparent data on their development assistance. We will also continue to champion transparency and accountability across all our programme work, using the technical experience gained from IATI to inform our policy research and practical action.