Working with IATI<br />Presentation to Open Data for Development Camp<br />Amsterdam, 12th May 2011<br />
The aid revolution starts with <?xml?><br />Presentation to Open Data for Development Camp<br />Amsterdam, 12th May 2011<b...
What’s the problem?<br />
Publish many times, use rarely<br />
Publish Once, Use Often<br />
The problem<br />Lots of information in lots of different places<br />Of varying quality...<br />Different formats / class...
Afghanistan<br />Of the $32 billion pledged by the US for 2001-2008, less than 20 percent ($6 billion) is recorded in the ...
Towards a common standard<br />It’s not a silver bullet – but it’s hard to see how aid effectiveness can be delivered with...
The solution: open data and standards<br />Use standard format for publishing raw aid information (IATI-XML)<br />Publish ...
Set up in Accra, Ghana in September 2008<br />19 Signatories<br />African Development Bank, World Bank, Asian Development ...
19 developing countries have endorsed IATI<br />Sierra Leone<br />Liberia<br />Bangladesh<br />Honduras<br />Republic of C...
Where we’re at now<br />9th February – Standard agreed<br />28th January – DFID published all its projects to IATI<br />1s...
A project in DFID’s project-level database<br />
The same DFID project in the IATI XML format<br />
Hewlett Foundation’s IATI data<br />
How are the donors doing?<br />AidWatch Report: aid transparency<br />Sneak peak at the results so far, for 25 European do...
Embargoed until 19th May <br />
Embargoed until 19th May <br />
Netherlands scores much better in IATI (it publishes more information)<br />12 Fields in internal database which are simil...
Challenges for IATI<br />Still some questions unanswered<br />Recipient budget identifier field still TBD: so not yet link...
Alternatives to IATI<br />OECD’s CRS / CRS ++<br />High quality statistics; data verified by OECD<br />Not detailed enough...
What’s next?<br />More donors publishing their data to IATI – probably at least another 6 before November/December (at HLF...
Aid and domestic spending in Uganda<br />
Questions<br />Sampled: for 1 country and 1 project<br />Three parts:<br />Organisation-level information<br />Country-lev...
Organisation-level questions<br />Does this donor publish aid allocation policies and procedures?<br />Does this donor pub...
Country-level questions<br />Choose your donor’s biggest recipient country (e.g., India). Then answer these questions:<br ...
Activity-level questions<br />Activity-level aid information<br />This is the specific detail about aid flows, needed for ...
Proposed Process<br />Choose (or find) a current activity (or a “project”) in the chosen recipient country<br />Answer as ...
Activity-level questions<br />Does this donor publish which organisation implements the activity?<br />Needed for accounta...
The Tracker<br />Online, frequently updated tool – in real time.<br />A page per country showing the relative performance ...
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  1. 1. Working with IATI<br />Presentation to Open Data for Development Camp<br />Amsterdam, 12th May 2011<br />
  2. 2. The aid revolution starts with <?xml?><br />Presentation to Open Data for Development Camp<br />Amsterdam, 12th May 2011<br />
  3. 3. What’s the problem?<br />
  4. 4. Publish many times, use rarely<br />
  5. 5. Publish Once, Use Often<br />
  6. 6. The problem<br />Lots of information in lots of different places<br />Of varying quality...<br />Different formats / classifications; not compatible / comparable<br />Often not current or forward looking<br />
  7. 7. Afghanistan<br />Of the $32 billion pledged by the US for 2001-2008, less than 20 percent ($6 billion) is recorded in the government’s aid database. <br />That means Afghans have no way of knowing what’s happening with the other $26 billion the US has been spending in their country.<br />
  8. 8. Towards a common standard<br />It’s not a silver bullet – but it’s hard to see how aid effectiveness can be delivered without aid transparency<br />Commitments under AAA and to deliver on PD<br />Key vehicle: International Aid Transparency Initiative<br />Donor-led initiative to publish information in a standard, comparable format<br />8 EU Member States are signatories to IATI<br />
  9. 9. The solution: open data and standards<br />Use standard format for publishing raw aid information (IATI-XML)<br />Publish it to your website<br />Register this data with the IATI Registry<br />www.iatiregistry.org<br />Multiple infomediaries can access and use this information to meet specific stakeholder needs<br />
  10. 10. Set up in Accra, Ghana in September 2008<br />19 Signatories<br />African Development Bank, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, United Nations Development Programme, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, Hewlett Foundation<br />Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK<br />2 Observers<br />France, US<br />
  11. 11. 19 developing countries have endorsed IATI<br />Sierra Leone<br />Liberia<br />Bangladesh<br />Honduras<br />Republic of Congo<br />Democratic Republic of Congo<br />Ghana<br />Rwanda<br />Indonesia<br />Nepal<br />Viet Nam<br />Papua New Guinea<br />Moldova<br />Montenegro<br />Colombia<br />Burkina Faso<br />Malawi<br />The Dominican Republic<br />Syria<br />
  12. 12. Where we’re at now<br />9th February – Standard agreed<br />28th January – DFID published all its projects to IATI<br />1st April – Hewlett Foundation published all its projects to IATI<br />
  13. 13. A project in DFID’s project-level database<br />
  14. 14. The same DFID project in the IATI XML format<br />
  15. 15. Hewlett Foundation’s IATI data<br />
  16. 16. How are the donors doing?<br />AidWatch Report: aid transparency<br />Sneak peak at the results so far, for 25 European donors<br />Full report launched 19th May 11am, Brussels<br />
  17. 17. Embargoed until 19th May <br />
  18. 18. Embargoed until 19th May <br />
  19. 19. Netherlands scores much better in IATI (it publishes more information)<br />12 Fields in internal database which are similar to IATI<br />5 Fields mapped across to IATI by AKVO<br />2 Fields added by AKVO by looking in other documents to enhance IATI data<br />Netherlands moves from 17th to 2nd if it publishes this data for all its projects<br />
  20. 20. Challenges for IATI<br />Still some questions unanswered<br />Recipient budget identifier field still TBD: so not yet linked to recipient country budgets.<br />Voluntary... Members and observers represent over 2/3 of all ODA, but a lot of aid left out! <br />How many signatories will implement?<br />Optional components – not all fields are compulsory, so how many will be used?<br />
  21. 21. Alternatives to IATI<br />OECD’s CRS / CRS ++<br />High quality statistics; data verified by OECD<br />Not detailed enough; not timely (latest is 2009)<br />EC’s TR-AID<br />Should be IATI compatible, but not clear yet<br />Bilateral initiatives<br />
  22. 22. What’s next?<br />More donors publishing their data to IATI – probably at least another 6 before November/December (at HLF4)<br />IATI standard starts to get data fed through it; let’s see how it works<br />People start to use IATI data!<br />
  23. 23. Aid and domestic spending in Uganda<br />
  24. 24.
  25. 25. Questions<br />Sampled: for 1 country and 1 project<br />Three parts:<br />Organisation-level information<br />Country-level information<br />Activity (or project)-level information<br />For each piece of info:<br />Is it published? (Y/N)<br />systematically for all recipients/projects all of the time<br /> just for some recipients/projects some of the time?<br />If you don’t publish it, do you collect it?<br />Evidence: show where this information is (the URL)<br />
  26. 26. Organisation-level questions<br />Does this donor publish aid allocation policies and procedures?<br />Does this donor publish its procurement procedures?<br />Does this donor publish the total development budget for the next three years, as submitted to parliament?<br />Does this donor publish their annual forward planning budget for assistance for the next three years?<br />
  27. 27. Country-level questions<br />Choose your donor’s biggest recipient country (e.g., India). Then answer these questions:<br />Does this donor publish the country strategy paper for India?<br />Does this donor publish forward planning budget or documents for the institutions they fund in India for the next three years?<br />Does this donor publish its annual audit of its aid programmes in India?<br />
  28. 28. Activity-level questions<br />Activity-level aid information<br />This is the specific detail about aid flows, needed for informed decisions about where aid is / should be going<br />This is the level needed for coordination, alignment, results/evaluation, ownership, and esp. accountability<br />E.g. Is it good use of Polish aid to build a school in Gikongoro or Butare? <br />USAID is already building a school in Gikongoro. <br />The Rwandan government can support the ongoing cost of only one school – in Butare or Gikongoro.<br />
  29. 29. Proposed Process<br />Choose (or find) a current activity (or a “project”) in the chosen recipient country<br />Answer as many questions as you can find info on<br />NB not finding info is data!<br />Then send it to your donor agency<br />NB: could just send it all straight to the donor, but in our experience asking them to “check/correct” gets best results<br />
  30. 30. Activity-level questions<br />Does this donor publish which organisation implements the activity?<br />Needed for accountability; performance evaluation<br />Does this donor publish the current status of the aid activity?<br />Is it still ongoing? Is it supposed to be completed?<br />
  31. 31. The Tracker<br />Online, frequently updated tool – in real time.<br />A page per country showing the relative performance of donors across Europe, and then across the world.<br />Will allow partners to monitor and encourage progress up to Higher Level Forum 4 in Busan.<br />We’re consulting on the methodology to aggregate the data up and would welcome feedback.<br />

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