IATI Seeks Comments on Code of Conduct and Consultation Document

21 October 2009

The Secretariat of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is now seeking comments on the IATI Code of Conduct, which will specify how donors should publish aid information. Comments are due by October 30th.

Launched at the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in September 2008, IATI now has 18 donor signatories and a growing number of endorsements from developing countries. The Asian Development Bank is the most recent signatory of the IATI.

IATI aims to add value by agreeing standards for sharing information so that it will be useful to all stakeholders, particularly those in developing countries. The standards agreed will build on existing standards, including those used by the OECD-DAC’s Creditor Reporting System. It will also make that information simpler and easier to understand, to compare, and to use.

There are four parts to the IATI standards: (1) agreement on what will be published, (2) common definitions for sharing information, (3) a common electronic data format, and (4) a code of conduct.

This consultation is open to a wide group of stakeholders: IATI signatories, countries that have endorsed IATI, all members of the IATI Technical Advisory Group (TAG), all participants in the IATI Conference, partner country and CSO consultations on IATI, and all members of the DAC Working Party on Aid Effectiveness.

Consultation on Part 4 of the IATI standard: Code of Conduct

Consultation on Part 1 of the IATI standard: What will be published

By Toby McIntosh

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