How can organisations remain transparent and accountable?
As the end of the UK financial year arrives and the most pressing topic at team meetings becomes donor reporting, that inevitably throws up the important question of what to do with the financial information generated at the year end and the optimum levels of transparency to ensure accountability to tax payers.
Many projects and charities are required to publish data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard by donors such as the UK government. IATI is an open data standard used by international development and humanitarian projects. Publishing project data online improves transparency and makes the results of projects accessible to the public and press.
There are a number of exciting new digital tools and opportunities that you may wish to explore, which can help with a variety of tasks from understanding donor data at country level to publishing data as painlessly as possible to IATI.
New donor data visualisation dashboards
- USAID have launched a new tool called the Development Cooperation Landscape to enable staff and wider users to view IATI data for USAID funds, aiming to improve USAID’s cooperation with other development actors.
- The EU has launched a new EU Aid Explorer dashboard, visualising the funds for EU development assistance across different countries and sectors.
New IATI tools
- ATI Canary created by Publish What You Fund monitors whether IATI data is available and compliant, alerting you if there are issues that need to be addressed. Read their introductory blog to find out more.
- IATI Sync created by Catalpa International. Anders Hofstee’s interview with the IATI team gives more information about the tool.
New blogs and publications
- Publish What You Fund has begun its programme of work to review the UK Aid Strategy’s overarching transparency. The results will be available by the end of 2019.
- Steven Flower from the Centre for Humanitarian Data has written a blog about the Lessons from Connecting IATI and OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service, drawing takeaways from the pilot project aiming to integrate IATI and humanitarian funds, which totalled $25bn in 2018.
- IATI recently turned ten years old, publishing a special edition of its Annual Report to celebrate.
- You can also read UNDP’s blog reflecting on IATI’s achievements at its ten year anniversary.
IATI have an open request for proposals under the Data Use Fund administered by UNDP and are looking for service providers to improve the traceability of funds through developing visualisation models.
Interested to view our members’ IATI data?
25 of our network members currently publish their data to the open standard. You can view our members’ profiles on the visualisation platform d-portal to find about their funding, activities and results: ActionAid, British Red Cross, CBM, Christian Aid, Christian Engineers in Development, EMMS International, Feed the Minds, IOD PARC, Islamic Relief, Link Community Development International, Mary’s Meals, Mercy Corps, Opportunity International, Oxfam Scotland, Save the Children, SCIAF, Sense Scotland, Tearfund, The HALO Trust, The Open University, UNICEF, VSO International, Water Witness International, WaterAid and WYG.