IATI AND AID TRANSPARENCY
Why is IATI needed? 1) There are a number of potential sources available to track aid spending through the system 2) People
working or interested in development have found it diﬃcult to obtain the information they need. Donors have devoted increasing
resources to respond to numerous information requests. This is because aid information in the main existing data sources,
although it can be very good, is often out of date. And none of the sources provide suﬃciently comprehensive aid information
to meet the diverse needs of all those requiring it.
Name:International Aid Transparency Initiative
The International Aid Transparency Iniative (IATI) was launched at the Third High Level Forum in Accra in 2008 and is a multi-stakeholder
initiative to improve the transparency of aid information in order to increase the eﬀectiveness of aid in reducing poverty...
IATI is not an organisation but a network of like-minded organisations who have come together to promote greater aid transparency.
As of November 2012, 35 organisations who collectively account for over 75% of global oﬃcial development assistance are
IATI signatories. In addition 22 developing countries have endorsed IATI. Other organisations and developing countries participate
- Donor Countries: participating donors who are able to meet their ‘access to information' obligations and reduce their administrative costs
because they only need to publish their information once and no longer need to respond to multiple information requests
- Donors: donors who want to co-ordinate their spending with that of other donors
- Developing Countries: governments of developing countries who need to know how much aid is spent in their county and when the money will be paid
out, so that they can plan their budgets and activities accordingly
- Civil Society Organisations: community-based organisations who want to know what resources are available and influence how they are used
- Experts in Aid
- Citizens: citizens who want to check whether governments are keeping their promises and hold them to account
- Anti-Corruption Activists: anti-corruption activists who want to track recipient governments' aid receipts and expenditure to find out whether money is being
- Journalists: journalists and researchers who want to investigate where aid is going and how eﬀectively it is being spent