IATI names next aid transparency campaign host

    Front page of the International Aid Transparency Initiative. Photo by: Eliza Villarino

    The International Aid Transparency Initiative has chosen a multistakeholder consortium to host its next three-year crusade to boost transparency in development spending.

    Earlier this month, IATI’s steering committee selected the consortium to take the reigns from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development in mid-2013.

    The new consortium will be led by the U.N. Development Program and it counts the U.N. Office for Project Services, the governments of Ghana and Sweden, and Development Initiatives, a U.K.-based NGO, among its ranks.

    As the campaign’s host, the consortium is expected to collectively promote IATI’s aid transparency and effectiveness aims, while supporting the initiative financially and institutionally.

    UNDPsaid the consortium approach was made to keep the initiative inclusive and dynamic — to make it relevant in today’s evolving development environment.

    The U.N. body will manage IATI’s secretariat and mobilize its global network to further the initiative’s aims. UNOPS will supply financial and administrative services, Development Initiatives will provide support to IATI’s Technical Advisory Group, Ghana will engage partner countries and Sweden will forge alliances with donor countries.

    Since 2008, IATI’s goal has been to provide “a common data format for donors willing to release information about current and future aid spending in a timely, comparable and reliable way.”

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    • Johanna Morden

      Johanna Morden is a community development worker by training and a global development journalist by profession. As a former Devex staff writer based in Manila, she covered the Asian Development Bank as well as Asia-Pacific's aid community at large. Johanna has written for a variety of international publications, covering social issues, disasters, government, ICT, business, and the law.