The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the visibility of aid and other development resources in order to increase their effectiveness in tackling poverty. IATI brings together some 70 donor and recipient countries, civil society organisations and other experts in aid information committed to working together to increase the transparency and openness of aid and other crucial sources of development co-operation. At the centre of IATI is the IATI Standard, a comprehensive, comparable and machine-readable format or framework for publishing data on development co-operation activities.
With its particular focus on support to partner countries, UNDP’s transparency work concentrates on relevancy for national development planning, public financial management and mutual accountability at the country level, while working toward increasing implementation of the IATI Standard. As a founding member of IATI with the additional role of co-ordinating the Secretariat for the three year period up to September 2016, UNDP, as part of the IATI Secretariat, supports members in meeting their Busan commitments to transparency, whilst also encouraging greater use of data at country level for improved development effectiveness. Mentioned as a good example of applying data standards in the outcome document from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July, 2015, IATI members are now considering ways in which the standard can contribute concretely to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
UNDP also serves as a leading example of IATI Standard implementation. Publish What You Fund’s 2016 Aid Transparency Index ranked UNDP first overall in transparency for the second time in succession.
Learn more about IATI by visiting its dedicated website.