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Tuesday, March 7 • 15:00 - 16:00
Traceability challenges for humanitarian data

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Suitable for financial and technical audiences, those with policy and information modeling interest

Unlike in the development world, financial and project reporting is already deeply embedded in humanitarian planning and operations, far beyond a desire for transparency. OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS) has a mandate to coordinate funding and project information from UN agencies, iNGOs, and implementing partners, and to trace the flow of funding throughout the sector.

While IATI’s current traceability support meets many of the humanitarian sector’s needs, there are some special cases that are either unsupported or awkward fits with the current IATI model, including the following:

  • How can IATI trace funding provided to an organisation that hasn’t been allocated to programmes, projects, or activities yet (other than by creating pseudo-activities)? For example, if DFID gives $1m to UNICEF for general programming, then UNICEF allocates that to its country offices, how do we represent those steps?

  • How can we show the relationship among activities that are aligned differently? For example, an organisation might divide its budget among overhead, implementation, etc., but also need to report based on individual activities, taking some money from each item for each activity. Current related-activity support may not be able to represent that situation elegantly.
  • How can IATI reporting align with strategic reporting frameworks in the humanitarian sector, based on the annual inter-agency, cross-sector Humanitarian Response Plans for affected countries?


David MEGGINSON (he/him)

Standards lead, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
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Nick Imboden

Head of HPC Information Services, United Nations OCHA, Financial Tracking Service (FTS)
Responsible for information services and platforms which manage all information around the Humanitarian Programme Cycle - needs assessment, response planning, monitoring and implementation tracking / 3W, financial tracking etc.

Tuesday March 7, 2017 15:00 - 16:00 EAT