Logging monitors support transparency initiative
This week we have a guest blog from Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM), who have just published their first set of data on their current projects to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). REM specialise in independent monitoring of law enforcement and natural resource extraction. They have offices in Congo Brazzaville and DRC and work in the field to identify and investigate illegal activity. Here they explain why publishing to IATI is important to them as an organisation and detail the type of REM data you can now find in the IATI registry.
We started with publishing the data on our first fisheries-based independent monitoring project: “Assessing and Developing the Role of Independent Monitoring by Civil Society to Support Good Governance in the Fisheries Sector in Sri Lanka”, which is a requirement of our funding by the UK Department for International Funding/Civil Society Challenge Fund.
Transparency is particularly important to REM given that we are a monitoring and reporting organisation ourselves and promote transparency within the government partners we work with. Given this we have also published data on our other two current independent monitoring and capacity building projects based in the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and will continue to publish data on all our projects as they develop.
Our current set of data includes descriptions of the projects, as well as their duration, their budget and expenditure so far. The financial summaries of each project will be updated after every financial report submitted to our funders, which will ensure that the data we publish is accurate, presenting a reliable picture of the cost of our work.
At the moment, REM publishes regular reports on the results of our project activities on our website, which can be easily accessed through our project pages:
In the future, we are planning to add more project information to the registry and/or our website, such as logframes and other planning documents. Our partner organisation, Forests Monitor, who leads our joint project in the Congo Basin, will also be publishing their data to the registry, which means that you, the public, will have an even more accurate view of our activities.