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IATI and UNDP – working together to strengthen country systems . IATI is. A single, common, electronic format for the transparent, accurate, timely and comprehensive publishing of data on all activities by all participants in the delivery of development cooperation and

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iati is
IATI is...

A

single, common, electronic format

for the

transparent, accurate, timely and comprehensive

publishing of data on

all activities by all participants

in the delivery of

development cooperation

and

humanitarian aid

brief history of iati
Brief history of IATI
  • Established in 2009
  • Voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative
  • Busan Common Standard (2011) alongside DAC CRS/FSS
  • 68 members (including 22 partner countries)
  • 216 publishers
benefits
Benefits

Publish information once, rather than responding to multiple, ad-hoc data requests, including under Freedom of Information legislation

Improved understanding by citizens and parliamentarians in donor countries – helps make the case for aid

Demonstrates commitment to tackle corruption and ensures that aid is well spent

Improves information sharing by donors at country level and between HQ and country levels within donor agencies

Publication can help to ensure better quality information; Better information facilitates higher quality research and evaluation

further benefits
Further benefits..

Stronger focus on results – helps to understand what works and what doesn’t

Potential for greater automation of reporting over time (and reducing associated transaction costs)

Meeting information needs of line ministries, not just finance and planning

Strengthens mutual accountability through improved information on donor performance

Consistent use of Common definitions – E.g., what US calls a disbursement is what others call a commitment.

Improves internal management for donors (UNDP’s own experience)

undp hosting of iati secretariat
UNDP hosting of IATI Secretariat
  • Since September 2013, IATI Steering Committee is co-chaired by the Netherlands and Bangladesh.
  • IATI Secretariat is hosted by UNDP in collaboration with UNOPS, Ghana, Sweden and Development Initiatives
  • Under the guidance of the Steering Committee , IATI Secretariat works towards:
  • making development cooperation spending information easier to access, use and understand;
  • increasing and diversifying IATI membership;
  • sharing IATI’s objectives with other development cooperation transparency initiatives.

IATI Governance structure

iati feedback from partner countries
IATI feedback from Partner Countries
  • Twice annual Steering committee meeting
  • Back to back with Partner Country Caucus meeting
  • Forum for candid exchange of experiences
    • Some problems identified:
      • Too much focus on SUPPLY side of data, and not on DEMAND
      • Perception of donors on quality of data provided
      • Insufficient detail provided at country level
      • Infrequent updating of AIMS by DPs
measures to address use of data
Measures to address use of data
  • Call for analysis on actual state of use of IATI data at country level – Madagascar, Bangladesh
    • Country survey
    • Country tracker (by April)
  • Feedback from this group?
next steps for iati
Next steps for IATI
  • Encouraging the use of IATI data at the country level
  • Advocating for the application of the IATI standard to cover more forms of development cooperation
  • Seeking ways to update the IATI standard
  • Promoting IATI to potential new members
  • Pilot work – DAD – Automatic data exchange
undp s role in iati
UNDP’s role in IATI
  • Since September 2013 UNDP has led the IATI Secretariat
  • Strengthens country support work
  • LTA with AIMS providers
  • Packages of support including capacity development
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Thank you

IATI website: www.aidtransparency.net

IATI Secretariat: [email protected]

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