International Aid Transparency Initiative reaches critical mass

Release of IATI annual report shows the initiative continues to gain momentum


The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) second Annual Report is published today, and confirms that the initiative continues to gain momentum. The report looks back on a year that saw hosting of the initiative move to a new multi-stakeholder platform, a commitment from G8 members to implement IATI by 2015 and the number of organsiations publishing more than double.

Highlights from the Annual Report include:

  • The G8 commitment to implement the Busan Common Standard for aid information, including both the Creditor Reporting System (CRS) of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and IATI by 2015.
  • Hosting of IATI moved from the Department for International Development to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) led consortium, which includes Development Initiatives, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Governments of Ghana and Sweden. The new hosting arrangement reflects the multi-stakeholder nature of IATI, with Development Initiatives acting as the technical lead within the IATI Secretariat.
  • Five new members in 2013: the Adaptation Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bond, the European Investment Bank, and the Global Environment Facility. Membership is open to all providers of development cooperation, partner country governments and civil society organisations  that endorse IATI’s Framework for Implementation, pay their annual membership fees and agree to contribute their expertise to relevant working groups.
  • The number of organisations publishing to IATI more than doubled, reaching 210 by the end of the year. New publishers represent international, regional and national NGOs, philanthropic foundations and academic, training and research organisations, as well as the first private sector companies.

Where next? Supporting the use of IATI data

IATI has clearly reached critical mass in terms of membership and growth in publishers, and the consortium’s priorities for the year ahead are to improve the quality of data published, and support the use of data, especially by stakeholders at country level.

As one of our contributions to this work, Development Initiatives has jointly funded the development of d-portal-org, a new country-based information platform that tracks resource flows. d-portal aims to provide line ministries, parliamentarians and civil society with information that can assist with the planning and monitoring of development activities. d-portal was successfully launched at the recent Mexico High Level meeting, where Development Initiatives gave over 65 live demonstrations to delegates in the marketplace.

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