Open Information

InterAction believes in the power of information to contribute to positive global change. In order to realize this potential, however, information must be made available in accessible language and format, and on a timely basis. This transparency is essential not only for ensuring accountability to our staff, members, donors and partners – among others – but also to enabling learning and good performance. In a world in which there are ever higher expectations of openness, we also believe that transparency is key to maintaining legitimacy and credibility.

As an expression of our commitment to transparency and openness, InterAction has developed an open information policy that is meant to guide the way in which we share information. The policy describes our approach to transparency, and the criteria we use to determine whether or not information can be shared.

Comments and suggestions on the policy are welcome, and can be sent to open@interaction.org.

What information is currently available?

The following charts detail the information that InterAction currently makes available, the frequency with which it is updated, and where it can be found. Unless otherwise noted, all information is only available in English.

Organizational Information

Information Frequency of updates Available at

Board of Directors

Yearly

/about/board-directors

Staff

As staff is hired

/staff

Annual report

Yearly

/about/financials

Audited financial statements

Yearly

/about/financials

IRS 990 Forms

Yearly

/about/financials

Grant-funded Activities

Quarterly

http://iatiregistry.org/publisher/interaction

NGO Aid Map

Quarterly

http://ngoaidmap.org/organizations/172

Organizational Policies

Information Frequency of updates Available at

Membership dues policy

As updated

/members/dues

PVO Standards[1]

As updated

/members/standards

Open information Policy

As updated

/about/interaction-open-information-policy

Member Information

Information Frequency of updates Available at

Member Directory

As membership changes

/member-directory

Where Our Members Work

(members by country)

Yearly, or as informed by members

/member-directory

Members by sector/issue area

Yearly, or as informed by members

/member-directory

Crisis Response Lists[2]

Initiated after large-scale disasters

/work/crisis-list

NGO Aid Map[3]

Ongoing

http://ngoaidmap.org

Information Requests

If the information you are looking for is not available on InterAction’s website, please send an email to open@interaction.org. InterAction receives many information requests, including from donors, members, the media, researchers, students and the public. We will do our best to respond to these requests on a timely basis, taking into account possible time or resource constraints. Requests from members and donors will receive special consideration given the nature of their relationship with InterAction.

Additional Resources

Please keep in mind that InterAction’s data collection efforts focus on our members. If you are interested in information about the NGO sector, foreign assistance or humanitarian response more broadly, you may find some of the following resources useful:

  • USAID’s VolAg Reports: Report of Voluntary Agencies Engaged in Overseas Relief and Development: Every year USAID releases the VolAg Report, which provides a snapshot of the work of the Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs, Cooperative Development Organizations (CDOs), and International PVOs (IPVOs) registered with USAID. The report includes financial information. 
  • Hudson Institute’s Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances: This annual index details the sources and magnitude of private giving to the developing world.
  • OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) International Development Statistics (IDS): The IDS online databases cover bilateral and multilateral donors’ aid and other resource flows to developing countries. The DAC annual aggregates database provides comprehensive data on the volume, origin, and types of aid and other resources flows. The Creditor Reporting System (CRS) provides detailed information on individual aid activities, such as sectors, countries, project descriptions, etc.
  • International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Registry: IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that makes information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand. The IATI registry is an index of data published on international development activities. Organizations publish IATI data to their own websites, and the IATI registry provides a convenient single point of access for users to find this information.
  • UN OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS): The FTS is a global, real-time database which records all reported international humanitarian aid (including that for NGOs and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, bilateral aid, in-kind aid, and private donations). FTS features a special focus on consolidated and flash appeals, because they cover the major humanitarian crises and because their funding requirements are well defined – which allows FTS to indicate to what extent populations in crisis receive humanitarian aid in proportion to needs. It is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
  • Global Humanitarian Assistance: The GHA programme works to provide objective, independent, rigorous data and analysis around humanitarian financing and related aid flows and has developed detailed and robust methodologies for calculating the true value of humanitarian assistance.

 


[1] InterAction’s PVO Standards are a set of ethical guidelines covering private voluntary organization (PVO) governance, financial reporting, fundraising, public relations, management practice, human resources and program services.

[2] InterAction compiles a list of members responding to a crisis, whether it is a natural disaster or other complex emergency. Crisis lists are initiated based on the scale of the emergency, the likelihood of a response by the U.S. government and U.S.-based NGOs, and the amount of public interest and media coverage. The lists include operational updates of members’ response activities and links to provide assistance to the affected populations.

[3] NGO Aid Map is an InterAction initiative that seeks to make public information on our members’ work at the project level.