How to use open aid data 101
At Publish What You Fund, we have consistently heard that the biggest barrier to using aid and development data has been a lack of understanding of where to look, or what tools are available. One of our core principles is to create a world where those who need it can easily access usable aid data.
Therefore in December 2018 we developed and delivered a webinar on using open aid data. It covered a variety of tools which can be used to access open aid data, and went into detail on the use of IATI, OECD-DAC and World Bank portal data. The webinar was designed for anyone with an interest in open aid data, of all knowledge levels.
If you missed the webinar, or if you just want to go back and review some parts for practice, we’ve now uploaded a recording for you to watch!
The webinar should provide you with a good basic knowledge of what resources are available, what they can be used for, and how to access and interpret important information from their databases. If you’ve ever wondered how to track where aid money is going, how it’s being used, or simply how much is being spent somewhere, then this is the webinar for you!
Watch the webinar
In order to follow the webinar, we recommend downloading the following resources:
Learn how to track gender financing with our video tutorial series
Publish What You Fund established the Gender Financing Project after our partners in the development sector highlighted the difficulty of tracking current and projected funding towards gender equality. To improve this, our project aims to map different sources of gender financing and to provide recommendations to governments, donor agencies, and civil society to improve the availability of information about this funding.
Over the course of our research in Kenya, Nepal and Guatemala, interviewees repeatedly highlighted that there is insufficient knowledge or capacity within their organizations to navigate and track gender financing. As a result, we would like to provide gender advocates with helpful tools and resources to find and use this data.
We have created a video tutorial series for anyone who would like to learn how to track aid and development funding for gender equality. The main focus of the four videos is to help you track international donors’ funding to improve gender equality, using some of the most trusted and well-used data sources.
The videos are available with French, Spanish, English and Nepali subtitles and can be accessed here.
From the ground up: taking a needs based approach to humanitarian transparency
At the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the Grand Bargain was launched, with the aim of tackling the humanitarian financing gap and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian action. One of the commitments made during the meeting was to increase transparency in humanitarian response and spending. While significant gains have been made since then, the full potential of more transparent humanitarian information is yet to be realised.
At the start of 2019, Publish What You Fund and Ground Truth Solutions, with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, embarked on a research programme to understand what challenges humanitarian actors face, and whether and how improved transparency and greater information sharing can help.
In September 2019, we delivered a webinar on our research project to show what we have learnt so far and what we are doing next. We had some fascinating insights and reflections that we wanted to share with you. The webinar was designed for and open to anyone, but particularly for those of you with an interest in humanitarian assistance.
If you missed the webinar, or if you just want to go back and review some parts for your interest, we have now uploaded a recording for you to watch!
The webinar should provide you with a good basic knowledge of the Grand Bargain, how our research project came about and where the project is up to, some of our initial findings from our background research and online survey, and what our next steps are for the project moving forward.
Watch the Webinar
To watch our webinar presentation from Monday 9th September 2019, please click on the link below: