Our latest round up of news, blogs and reports, featuring the challenges of tracking humanitarian spending, a job opportunity and news from the UK National Audit Office, Luminate, Development Initiatives and Staffordshire University.
We’re looking into transparency in humanitarian emergencies . We started tracking humanitarian spending in Iraq using the two main global reporting standards: IATI and OECD-DAC. The results are striking, & confusing… In this blog we visualise the data that has got us thinking.
In this guest blog, Michael Roberts of Giveth.io reflects on the development of open data standards, the differing technology and approaches that have been adopted and what we can learn from this. He argues that initiatives like IATI must continue to focus on addressing internal organisational challenges on governance and capacity. He also contends that we should be open to new forms of technology integrations and not be locked into any one approach.
The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA) was passed by Congress in 2016 to require the US agencies involved in implementing foreign assistance to publish detailed country-based information on their activities. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently assessed how well the 22 agencies are complying with the data requirements. Our US representative Sally Paxton and the Brookings Institution’s George Ingram have been analysing the OMB report and conclude that it falls short in a number of ways. In this blog they summarise the gaps and missed opportunities.
IATI Canary is a free data monitoring and alert service. It checks to ensure IATI data is both available and compliant with the IATI schema.
Silvia Poggioli, country director of AIFO Liberia, talks to us about her experience of using IATI data and the challenges of navigating thousands of activities.