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Tuesday, March 7


IATI and country systems: Achievements, challenges and ways forward
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Sabbir Biswas

Programmer, Bangladesh - Ministry of Finance, Economic Relations Division

Mark Brough

Consultant, UNDP Bangladesh; BSI Liberia
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Taryn Davis (Development Gateway)

Senior Associate, Development Gateway

Tuesday March 7, 2017 11:00 - 12:00


IATI at the country level - What needs to happen on demand and supply side?
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Bibhusan Bista (YoungInnovations)

CEO, Young Innovations Pvt. Ltd.
I am the CEO and co-founder of YoungInnovations, a leading software development firm based in Nepal providing solutions to different parts of the globe. I have my background in technology, research and international development. I have led successful projects around open data, transparency... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2017 12:00 - 13:00


Consulting the community: IATI core technical product roadmaps

This session is designed to communicate how the IATI Technical Team plans to best offer useful functionality to publishers and users of IATI data.

The first part of this session will outline the long and short term plans for each of the 15+ public tools and websites that we currently maintain.  This will be based on our recent post on the IATI Discussion forums.

Thereafter, we will facilitate discussion and feedback on the direction of future tools, looking at:

  • What functionality should we definitely keep?

  • What should be improved?

  • What should be added?

Please note that whilst the official IATI Datastore will be covered within this session, there will be a separate session to look at this product in depth: The future of the official IATI Datastore: Gathering user needs

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Dale Potter

Developer, Development Initiatives Poverty Research (DIPR)
I manage the existing codebase for the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), and work on build new functionality using Python. Additionally, I engage with the IATI community to support usage of existing IATI tools and feed into future product roadmaps.

Tuesday March 7, 2017 14:00 - 15:00


Government identifiers
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Bill Anderson (IATI technical team - Development Initiatives)

Information Architect, Development Initiatives
I am the Technical Lead on the IATI Secretariat responsible for the integrity and development of the standard. I also lead the content of Development Initiatives' work on the Data Revolution and Joined-up Data Standards.

Tuesday March 7, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Wednesday, March 8


Is IATI data usable for accountability?
    This past fall I interviewed key stakeholders in Liberia and Sierra Leone on their data needs for aid transparency, and the majority of the respondents wanted to be able to use information to monitor projects and inform citizens about what is happening in their countries and communities. In this session we will put ourselves in their shoes and see if IATI data allows us to discover if projects happened the way they were supposed to. We will examine 3 differnent projects occuring in the same year, country, and sector, but reported by 3 differenct organizations. As a group we will examing if the content is sufficient to monitor projects, what is an IATI strength or weakness versus a reporting strength or weakness, and then we will then talk about how the information is displayed and if it is user friendly. Throughout the session we will dicuss if there are steps we can take to make IATI data easier to use and ensure it is fit for purpose. 

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Aria Grabowski (Oxfam America)

Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam America
I currently am focused on what is needed so IATI data can be used by non-tech actors and meet the needs of in country accountability stakeholders (I recently was in West Africa conducting key stakeholder interviews to gain more insight into needs, use, and challenges). I have worked... Read More →

Wednesday March 8, 2017 10:30 - 11:30


Using IATI datasets for communication: Where can we improve?
IATI can have value in many different ways. One of them is to share and pro-actively show the work you are doing publicly.
  • How can you do this best? 
  • How can you make use of the standard’s fields and which information would you like to add and how? 
  • How can this relate to your existing communication channels (e.g. website) and fundraising? 
Marten will share how Akvo’s ‘Really Simple Reporting’ platform is set up and will facilitate an exploration with you how you can make IATI work for your organisation’s communication.

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Marten Schoonman

Professional Services Manager, Akvo Foundation
Marten Schoonman is a professional services manager at Akvo Foundation. He coordinates the provision of training, support and consulting services by Akvo to partners, including PMEL (planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning) and Data Science. Marten has a passion for the effective... Read More →

Wednesday March 8, 2017 11:30 - 12:30


Accelerating tool development for data use
In February 2017, the Open Ag Funding Partnership in partnership with DFID held a tool accelerator workshop to develop advanced data tools for the publication and use of IATI data. In attendance were Development Initiatives, Zimmerman & Zimmerman, D-Portal, Spatial Dev, Young Innovations, and others. In this session, we will share what the accelerator taught us about developing tools for IATI, share prototypes for feedback, and discuss how our approach can be replicated for other sectors and types of IATI data.

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Steven Flower (Open Data Services Co-operative)

Member, Open Data Services Cooperative
I'm a member of Open Data Services Co-operative.

Wednesday March 8, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
  • Links Our goals are to share our learning from the accelerator workshop with the community and seek active engagement and feedback in the IATI tool development process.
  • Proposed actions following the s We will invite interested participants to test and provide feedback on specific tools once they are fully developed (mid-2017).


Localising IATI: Supporting civil society and private sector partners to use IATI
This session will look specifically at challenges and potential solutions for in-country civil society partners faced with engaging with IATI. It will propose a set of good practice principles for donors and accountable organisations wanting to engage their partners on IATI, as both producers and consumers of IATI data. These are based on our experience of working with civil society organisations in different geographical locations, including East and West Africa. Participants will be invited to sense-check these principles during the session.

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Sarah Johns

Transparency and IATI Manager, Bond
Hello, my background is in access to information and communications in both the charity and development sectors here in the UK. At Bond (the UK network of development NGOs, with over 450 members) I work on UK NGO engagement and use of the IATI - International Aid Transparency Initiative... Read More →

Wednesday March 8, 2017 16:00 - 17:30