Both donors and NGOs recognize that transparency is key for accountability and greater effectiveness. In 2008, donors launched the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand. As of May 2012, 31 donors – including the U.S. government – have become signatories to IATI.
InterAction has joined an international, CSO-led working group to discuss the application of the IATI standards to CSOs, which have also recognized the importance of transparency. In the 2010 Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness, endorsed by civil society representatives from around the world, CSOs committed to practicing transparency and accountability to create public trust and enhance CSO credibility and legitimacy. The IATI CSO Working Group will present practical proposals on CSO-specific approaches to the publication of IATI compatible data, taking into account existing CSO and NGO accountability frameworks, self-regulatory mechanisms, and transparency efforts.
One such effort is InterAction’s NGO Aid Map, an initiative focused on collecting information on NGOs' work at the project level and making it accessible to donors, NGOs, businesses, governments and the public through an online, interactive mapping tool. By sharing this information, we seek to facilitate partnerships and coordination, increase transparency, inform advocacy and help improve decisions about where to direct resources – with the ultimate aim of improving the effectiveness of aid. To date, InterAction has launched Aid Maps focused on our members’ work in Haiti, on food security and agriculture globally, and on the Horn of Africa.
For more information on InterAction’s work on IATI or to join our transparency email list, please contact Laia Grino. For more information on NGO Aid Map, including how your organization can participate in this initiative, please contact Danielle Heiberg at email@example.com.
International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)
- International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI): This is the initiative's main website, where you can find basic information on IATI, including the initiative's background, signatories, and endorsing partner countries.
- IATI Standard: Contains detailed information and guidance on the IATI standard, including the activity standard, organization standard, code lists and schema.
- IATI Knowledge Base: An extension of the IATI Standard website, where you can ask questions and find resources related to publishing or using IATI data. It includes a workspace targeted at NGOs interested in publishing IATI data.
- IATI Registry: Online registry of raw data published by organizations in the IATI XML format. You can also get a basic preview of the information and download it in CSV format.