The second blog in our series exploring aid data tools discusses portals produced by countries or institutions to provide access to their aid and development data. Elma Jenkins and Rolf Kleef review the differing levels of complexity – from high-level overviews to detailed data from multiple organisations and multiple data sources. They consider what features make for an accessible data portal, and provide a comprehensive list of the portals currently available.
What aid and development data is available and where can it be found? In this post Elma Jenkins, Publish What You Fund, and Rolf Kleef, data/IT consultant, introduce three user-friendly tools that can be used to access International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) data – D-portal, the Datastore and Country Development Finance Data – and describe their key features. This is the first in a blog series examining IATI data access tools.
Ahead of the IATI Members’ Assembly in Copenhagen, we wanted to reflect on the growth of IATI, and highlight the burgeoning number of examples of stakeholders using IATI data for research, policy insights and ultimately to make development more effective.
Augustus Flomo, Deputy Minister at the Government of Liberia’s Ministry of Finance & Development Planning, provides great insights into why and how his government uses aid and development data.
We are currently reviewing the Index assessment and scoring approach. Our aim is to update the research process to adapt to new developments and ensure the Index continues to reflect the areas of aid transparency that are most important for those using the data, particularly stakeholders in the global south. We are keen to hear the views of people using aid data to inform our review, and strengthen how we measure transparency.
In our final 2020 Aid Transparency Index launch blog, Dr Kate Weaver of the University of Texas reflects on the influence of the Index and the limitations of the methodology. She calls for greater support to enable the Index to take the next steps in delivering the real promise of aid transparency – better, more accountable aid for all.