Good news from Japan, where the Government published its aid information to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) for the first time on Monday. Data from both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have been published in IATI’s common, open, electronic format, making it easier to find, use and compare. The files published contain 2012 aid and development activities, including grants, loans and technical cooperation across all agencies, as well as data on ODA loans for 2013.
By publishing to IATI, Japan has become the latest G8 member to make progress on the commitment made at Loch Erne last year to “implement the Busan Common Standard on Aid Transparency, including both the Creditor Reporting System of the OECD Development Assistance Committee and IATI, by 2015.”
The move sees the number of publishers to IATI rise to 256. The next step on the journey for Japan will be to increase the amount of data available. As the technical lead for IATI, Development Initiatives looks forward to working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and JICA over the coming months.