Aid transparency

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. More than 90 donor and recipient countries, civil society organisations, foundations, private sector organisations and other experts in aid information have joined IATI as members and are committed to working together to increase the transparency and openness of aid and other resources available for development.

At the centre of IATI is the IATI Standard, a comprehensive, comparable and machine-readable format or framework enabling the publication of detailed project implementation, financial information and results on their activities. Humanitarian financing now forms part of the IATI Standard since it was included in the text of the Grand Bargain following the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in 2016 and several humanitarian organisations now join more than 1000 different organisations regularly publishing detailed information on their development and humanitarian activities according to the IATI Standard.

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 coordinating the Secretariat, up to December 2022 UNDP, as part of the IATI Secretariat, supports members in meeting their international commitments to transparency, whilst also encouraging greater use of data at country level for improved development effectiveness. Described 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 and has developed a set of guidelines for publication of data on SDGs in IATI.

UNDP also serves as a leading example of IATI implementation. The independent assessment undertaken by Publish What You Fund for its 2018 Aid Transparency Index rated UNDP as one of the world’s most transparent aid organizations, making it the highest rated UN organization.    UNDP’s Transparency Portal (open.undp.org) allows open, comprehensive and easy public access to data on more than 4,500 UNDP projects and publishes over US$4.5 billion in project data, including UNDP’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn more about IATI by visiting its dedicated website.

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