International Aid Transparency Initiative

The future of humanitarian transparency – assembling the big picture


Last month we joined representatives from fellow Grand Bargain signatory organisations in The Hague at a workshop on transparency, information-sharing and data. The Centre for Humanitarian Data and Development Initiatives co-hosted the event to review progress and the future direction of the Grand Bargain’s Transparency Workstream. As part of the Grand Bargain agreement, organisations signed […]

The next step for Grand Bargain transparency – from data publication to data use


Humanitarian actors have made commendable progress against the Grand Bargain transparency commitments. Three prominent aid organisations of the 59 donors and humanitarian aid organisations who have signed the agreement – the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner […]

Tracing Swedish aid to Tanzania using IATI data

Data use

The report uses 2013–2015 International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data to trace Swedish aid to Tanzania to its end use. It finds that general budget support (GBS) accounted for much of Swedish aid in 2013 and 2015, but it could not determine final expenditures using IATI data. The authors could confirm that in 2014, 28% […]

Placing affected people at the heart of the Grand Bargain transparency commitment


2018 is particularly important for the Grand Bargain’s first workstream: greater transparency. Signatories should have started to publish “timely, transparent, harmonized and open high-quality data on humanitarian funding” within two years of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. So what are the results? Well, according to our latest progress report Supporting Grand Bargain signatories in meeting […]

Increasing the use of IATI data in country systems – reflections from Senegal and Madagascar

Data use

The use of International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data in country systems is one of the most important frontiers when it comes to drawing value for decision-making from the significant amounts of data now available. More than 700 organisations now publish details on their contributions to sustainable development, including both development and humanitarian activities, to […]

Progress report 1: Supporting Grand Bargain signatories in meeting commitments to greater transparency


In May 2016, leading donor governments, multilateral and UN agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement agreed the ‘Grand Bargain’, a package of reforms aiming to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian action. Development Initiatives (DI) is working with the Grand Bargain transparency workstream co-conveners the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs […]

Aid data use at country level: The example of Nepal

Data use

In recent years there have been increasing efforts, both locally in Nepal and internationally, to improve the availability of data on international aid. The Government of Nepal has made important efforts to establish the Aid Management Platform (AMP), including its public website. Various other actors have developed platforms and initiatives to provide access to specific […]

Aid data needs and use cases in Nepal

Data use

Recent years have seen increasing efforts, both locally in Nepal and internationally, to improve how data and information about aid flows is collected and shared. The government of Nepal, supported by development partners, has established the Aid Management Platform (AMP) and launched its public website. Several other platforms and initiatives have been put in place […]

Using IATI to trace US aid to Ghana

Data use

The report uses data from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI); aid flow traceability throughout the implementation chain is a key part of IATI, which provides up-to-date and reliable aid data to improve accountability, coordination and effectiveness. More than 600 development organisations publish to the IATI Standard, but there remains a traceability gap that stems […]

Improving humanitarian transparency with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the UN OCHA Financial Tracking Service (FTS)


This background paper introduces humanitarian actors to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS). It answers key questions about the purpose and functionality of IATI and FTS and explains how they work together. The paper was drafted by Development Initiatives […]