International Aid Transparency Initiative

The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) makes information about development and humanitarian resources easier to access, use and understand. Organisations publish data on their spending to the IATI Standard, and this is available, open and free to access.

We played a catalytic role in creating and developing IATI, a common, open, electronic format for all development cooperation providers and recipients to publish information about their spending in a timely and comparable way.

IATI enables 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.

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

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

We continue to be the technical lead for IATI and work with the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office for Project Services and the governments of Ghana and Sweden. We support organisations to publish to the IATI Standard, working to increase their reporting of comprehensive, timely and forward-looking data.

We transform this machine-readable data into usable information through d-portal, which presents all published IATI data from the viewpoints of both a recipient country and a publisher, and enables users to access individual project details. Users can see what data exists, who publishes data and who does not. This is an important step in improving the use and quality of published data.

DI publishing to IATI

We report our project activities to the IATI Standard as we believe it is an essential part of openness and transparency around the work we do. We comply with the IATI Standard because we want to:

  • Improve access to information about DI’s work
  • Add to traceable data in IATI
  • Create a methodology for implementing IATI that can be shared among other civil society organisations

For more information, please read our page on DI publishing to IATI.

For more information on IATI data quality and for statistics on how we compare with other publishers please see the IATI Dashboard.