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Standards to be used: IATI v2.02
This profile is for the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data standard. The standard meets the user needs described in the challenge to share information on international development and humanitarian activities; in central government departments, their agencies, non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) and any other bodies for which they are responsible.
IATI is supported and backed by a robust governance model involving a wide range of organisations involved in international development. The IATI standard is already being used to share open comparable information on international development activities, and the data is being used by partner country governments within government systems.
2. User need approach
The shared user need by developing countries and other users is to access up-to-date information about aid, development and humanitarian flows. Data published in the IATI standard enables this information to be freely shared. The standard supports the key elements of international development flows (activities, sectors, geographical location, organisations, future-looking commitments and budgets, transactions, documents, results) and humanitarian specific fields have been added to the most recent version of the standard.
The standard supports information from the broadest range of publishers (national donors, multilateral agencies, international NGOs, local NGOs, philanthropic organisations, development finance institutions and private sector organisations). A range of third party open source and proprietary tools have been built on top of the standard to support both publishers and users in different contexts.
3. Achieving the expected benefits
Current data about aid, development and humanitarian flows is available for stakeholders in a standard structured format for consumption and sharing.
Open APIs constructed from datasets registered on the IATI Registry are publicly available to support use. A set of open toolsets exist built on the data available in the IATI Registry and these are being further developed to meet emerging user needs. These tools support use by a wide range of end-users.
The benefit of IATI is being realised through repeatable data use – for example by developing country governments in government systems, by donors to trace aid flows through their delivery networks, by researchers to evaluate aid effectiveness or by journalists holding donors to account.
4. Functional needs
The IATI standard is a publishing framework. The code list to be used and XML schema is available along with usage examples from iatistandard.org .
IATI has proven to be scalable to any size of organisation. It covers the different types of international development co-operation (development assistance, humanitarian assistance, development finance) from a wide range of organisation types. A range of publication tools support publishers of any size.
A publisher can publish a dataset in IATI XML on any resolvable URL. Validation tools support publishing valid data in line with the schema. For published data to be widely accessed in globally available APIs, datasets need to be registered on the IATI Registry.
5. Other steps to achieving interoperability
IATI is a multi-stakeholder initiative with a strong governance. The Members Assembly contains representatives from 68 donor, partner country and civil society organisations. The Governing Board is responsible for overall direction and strategy, a member-funded Secretariat has responsibility to manage the day-to-day running of the standard and to support publishers and users. The Technical Advisory Group provides technical advice to the Governing Board. There is an established consultative process for upgrades to the standard, with the aim of a decimal upgrade annually and an integer update every 5 years. IATI has had 1 integer upgrade and 5 decimal upgrades since being launched in 2011.
IATI technical and data support is available to organisations that are publishing to the standard.
IATI is part of the Joined Up Standards Alliance, promoting the interoperability of standards.