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LEARNING FROMTHE IATI
PROCESS
By Zara Rahman
RESPONSIBLE IATI?
• Provides interoperable, comparable data
• Increases transparency / accountability
• High-level politic...
PROCESS CHALLENGES
• Integrating with (or not) already-established systems
• Data quality
• Labour-intensive process
• Bal...
How is IATI governed?
WAYS FORWARD
• Better data from donors = incentive for partner countries
to invest
• Better (low-cost) tech from software ...
USING DATA CHALLENGES
• Poor quality of data
• Not very user friendly interfaces
• Not comprehensive
Why do we need IATI?
Different
formats
Hard to find Not current
Not
comprehensive
Inconsistent In multiple
locations
Not f...
WAYS FORWARD
• Internal + external usage of IATI data (multi-use)
• Better data quality (as discussed)
• Showcase examples...
http://d-portal.org
Build user-facing tools
http://support.iatistandard.org
Online community for support
PRIVACY CONCERNS
• Exclusions
• ‘exclusion policy’
• ask the partner org BEFORE publishing
• make ‘no negative implication...
PRIVACY CONCERNS
• Geocoding:
• Be aware of risks
• (eg. not in areas where malicious actors might
actively oppose publish...
PRIVACY CONCERNS
Transparency… for whom?
DFID's Open Data Strategy
PRIVACY CONCERNS
We want to be able
to trace the flow of aid from
donor to implementation… this w...
CONCLUSION
Responsible publication
• Incentives (both donor + partner org)
• Awareness of existing systems
• Awareness of ...
mail@zararah.net
@zararah
Thank you!
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Responsible IATI data: learning from the IATI process

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A talk I held at the Responsible Data in Humanitarian Response meeting in The Hague, February 24-25 2015, talking about 'responsible data' in the International Aid Transparency Initiative process, including privacy concerns with publishing aid data, and ways of managing the process.

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Responsible IATI data: learning from the IATI process

  1. 1. LEARNING FROMTHE IATI PROCESS By Zara Rahman
  2. 2. RESPONSIBLE IATI? • Provides interoperable, comparable data • Increases transparency / accountability • High-level political buy in to need for better data • Easier to see which areas are receiving aid
  3. 3. PROCESS CHALLENGES • Integrating with (or not) already-established systems • Data quality • Labour-intensive process • Balance between publishing and privacy • Multistakeholder process
  4. 4. How is IATI governed?
  5. 5. WAYS FORWARD • Better data from donors = incentive for partner countries to invest • Better (low-cost) tech from software suppliers • Business case for donors for automation • Take existing systems into account • Make more fields ‘mandatory’
  6. 6. USING DATA CHALLENGES • Poor quality of data • Not very user friendly interfaces • Not comprehensive
  7. 7. Why do we need IATI? Different formats Hard to find Not current Not comprehensive Inconsistent In multiple locations Not forward looking Not comparable There’s lots of information available but it’s...
  8. 8. WAYS FORWARD • Internal + external usage of IATI data (multi-use) • Better data quality (as discussed) • Showcase examples of use
  9. 9. http://d-portal.org Build user-facing tools
  10. 10. http://support.iatistandard.org Online community for support
  11. 11. PRIVACY CONCERNS • Exclusions • ‘exclusion policy’ • ask the partner org BEFORE publishing • make ‘no negative implications’ clear • automated way of excluding activities
  12. 12. PRIVACY CONCERNS • Geocoding: • Be aware of risks • (eg. not in areas where malicious actors might actively oppose published activities) • If unsure: ask local organisation first.
  13. 13. PRIVACY CONCERNS Transparency… for whom?
  14. 14. DFID's Open Data Strategy PRIVACY CONCERNS We want to be able to trace the flow of aid from donor to implementation… this will provide clear visibility to taxpayers in the UK
  15. 15. CONCLUSION Responsible publication • Incentives (both donor + partner org) • Awareness of existing systems • Awareness of potential risks - if not sure… • Ask, ask again, ask again!
  16. 16. mail@zararah.net @zararah Thank you!

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