Transparency and accountability

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 […]

How can data really be transformative?

Data use

The second UN World Data Forum (WDF), which takes place between 22 and 24 October in Dubai, is one of the outcomes of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It has put the data and statistical community in the driving seat, conferring on them the responsibility to improve data quality and innovate at speed to support […]

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 […]

Connecting IATI and FTS for streamlined humanitarian reporting


This work is in support of the Grand Bargain, an agreement between over 50 of the largest donors and aid agencies, which includes commitments on greater financial transparency and more harmonized and simplified reporting requirements. IATI has been identified as the international standard for publishing open data on humanitarian aid and FTS as the platform […]

Identifying government entities

Data use

Many of the datasets and standards created to further transparency over recent years include information about transactions involving government entities. Persistent, non-overlapping and widely used identifiers are important to enable machines to combine data from multiple sources, and then to answer questions such as the following. How much money has been spent by the UK […]

Why transparency and accountability should be a principle of good blended finance


Oh no, I hear the reader sigh, not another blog about transparency and accountability from an NGO. But in the case of blended finance,[i] we really do need more transparency and accountability. Why? Two reasons: One: because the current picture has some serious transparency red flags (covered in detail in our recent report). The challenges […]

Humanitarian transparency: moving from commitment to action


The first of the 10 commitments within the Grand Bargain, signed at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, is to improve the transparency of humanitarian financing. This is a very welcome commitment, both setting out practical actions for signatories and playing an important role in tracking other Grand Bargain commitments. All signatories committed to “publish timely, […]

Baseline report: Implementing and monitoring the Grand Bargain commitment on transparency


As part of the Grand Bargain, signatory organisations agreed to work towards greater transparency by improving the quality, availability and use of data on humanitarian funding. Greater transparency will enhance accountability and decision-making and, critically, contribute to improving humanitarian effectiveness. As a first step, signatories agreed to publish timely, transparent, harmonised and open high-quality data […]