AidData and the IATI Standard
An interesting AidData blog entry uses standardisation of boat signals to explain the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)’s function in the aid transparency agenda. ‘The standard […] is the set of internationally agreed-upon rules that govern the way that ships now all communicate.’ In other words, IATI’s standard is something to get all countries to talk about aid in the same language, and ‘enables data aggregators and other users of aid information to compare and merge aid information to get a clearer picture of the aid world.’
AidData currently compiles data from different sources and translates it into a common format that they have developed.
Read more about their great work here.