Development Initiatives Poverty Research have started to report their project activities for the aidinfo programme. We see this as a move towards greater openness and transparency around our project and the work we are doing. All data published will be in compliance with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard.
The IATI Standard was agreed in February 2011. The two year consultation process involved international donors, civil society organisations and representatives from developing countries.
IATI seeks to improve the accessibility, quality, detail and timeliness of information on aid flows. It does this by laying out recommended data items for organisations to report on. An agreed electronic format for reporting this data enables data from different organisations to be easily compared.
IATI is an acceptable standard for all development actors to report against, although it has initially been implemented by larger donors such as the UK Department for International Development, The Hewlett Foundation and the World Bank.
aidinfo believe that IATI has added value in enabling people to trace aid through the delivery chain. This tracing would begin from the initial donor, right down to the organisation implementing a project at the country level.
aidinfo have started to become IATI compliant for several reasons:
- To improve access to information about the aidinfo programme itself
- To work on a traceability pilot
- To create a methodology for implementing IATI that can be shared among other Civil Society Organisations
What are we publishing?
The IATI Standard asks for a broad cross section of information on projects:
- titles and descriptions
- to documents
- sub-national geographic information.
We are working towards IATI compliance incrementally, starting with a small selection of data. In the near future we will improve on this, broadening the scope of the data we are producing.
|We are publishing:||We aren't yet publishing|
|All Activities funded by the Hewlett Foundation||Activities funded by the UK Department for International Development|
|aidinfo Phase 2 projects||aidinfo Phase 1 projects|
|Titles and descriptions||Activity documents|
|Project Budget||Sub-national geographic information|
|Transactions aggregated by type and quarter||Organisation Documents|
|Activity start and end dates||Results|
|Activity region or country||Sub-national geographic information|
For more information on aidinfo’s incremental approach to publication, please see our implementation schedule.
How are we publishing?
Our data is published in XML format, a computer-readable language which enables the data to be combined more easily with other data sets.
XML looks something like this:
<iati-activities version="1.00" generated-datetime="12-07-11T00:00" last-updated-datetime="12-07-11T00:00"> <iati-activity xml:lang="en" default-currency="GBP" hierarchy="1" last-updated-datetime="12-07-11T00:00"> <reporting-org ref="GB-COH-06368740" type="22">Development Initiatives Poverty Research</reporting-org> <iati-identifier>GB-COH-06368740-DIPRA</iati-identifier> <other-identifier owner-ref="US-EIN-941655673" owner-name="The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation">US-EIN-941655673-25289</other-identifier> <title>aidinfo phase 2</title> <description type="1"> The aidinfo programme works to reduce poverty by empowering citizens to make better use of money spent on poverty reduction. By increasing access to information about resources for poverty reduction, it is hoped that ownership, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency of aid will be increased, improving the overall impact of aid and accelerating poverty reduction. Our work centres on research and advocacy on the value of transparency, support to the International Aid Transparency Initiative and supporting the users of aid information. This is the second phase of the aidinfo programme. </description> <activity-status code="2">Implementation</activity-status> <activity-date type="start-actual" iso-date="2010-07-01"/> <activity-date type="end-planned" iso-date="2011-12-31"/> <contact-info> <organisation> aidinfo Programme - Development Initiatives Poverty Research </organisation>
Explore the data
We have also been working with developers to create an activity explorer to enable users to view the data in a more accessible and user-friendly format. You can view our data in the IATI Explorer here allowing you to browse through the different activities listed in our report, and to click ‘View details’ on any project to get an in-depth profile of it. Using the IATI Explorer you can also browse projects from all the IATI publishers.
If you prefer working with spreadsheets, you can also download a single CSV file with details of all our projects here.
To export our data, or the data of other IATI publishers, you can visit the IATI registry website.
We will be updating you on our progress through our blog, and if you have any questions or queries, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.