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Tuesday, March 7
 

11:00

Harmonising donor requirements for NGOs and others
Donors are requiring their CSO partners to publish to IATI - both for transparency in general but also to replace traditional reporting. The Netherlands and UK have worked on this the last few years. But as other donors are getting ready to ask their partners to publish to IATI the question of harmonisation becomes vital as well as the opportunity to share experiences and tools to lower costs and avoid work duplication.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Elmstam

Carl Elmstam

Policy advisor and program manager, Digital Development, Sweden - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)


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

12:00

DLT (and Blockchain) in Development
Demystifying Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), and then sketching some uses for IATI and development generally.

Speakers
TW

Thomas Wilkinson

Head of MI and Analytics, UK - Department for International Development (DFID)


Tuesday March 7, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
TBA
  • Links Better understanding of DLT applicability in different areas.
  • Proposed actions following the s Decision on whether to propose DLT as a data architecture for IATI.

14:00

Working with results in IATI

The Dutch MFA was the first donor to start requiring IATI data as a means ofreporting progress on ongoing programmes. More organisations had to represent their theory of change and M&E frameworks in IATI. What are challenges they face, and approaches they take?

I want to kick off with experiences and observations based on supporting various partnerships to improve their data quality, and on learning and consultation sessions with (mainly Dutch) NGOs:

  • How to work with results on lobby and advocacy: what kind of indicators to use? What about the risk to fall back to purely “output-oriented progress management”?
  • How do organisations standardise their indicators? How do they divide responsibilities in a partnerships?
  • How to connect results across “theory of change fault lines”: how can you work with results data of your implementing partners when they have indicators that do not match your own?
  • What about confidential results? And how to link to other data sets used as evidence?

 

We can do a lot with the standard: perhaps we need to develop guidelines similar to those of the Dutch MFA on how to represent for instance core funding, or partnerships, to create a common practice around results.

How do others work with results data right now? Let's share experiences, approaches, and lessons learned!


Speakers
avatar for Rolf Kleef

Rolf Kleef

IATI Consultant, drostan.org
Internet trailblazer. Weaving the web to help humanity. Implementing #IATI, #opendata, open organisations and online collaboration in civil society. Interested in Linked Data, Semantic Web, XML, civil society, data literacy and empowerment.


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

15:00

Traceability challenges for humanitarian data

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?


Speakers
avatar for Nick Imboden

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.
DM

David Megginson

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


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

16:30

Reporting meaningfully on the SDGs in IATI

The objective of the session is to determine whether there are commonalities in the reporting approaches of different organisations, or common challenges that could be addressed through joint work or guidelines.


Speakers
avatar for Annelise Parr (UNDP)

Annelise Parr (UNDP)

IATI Secretariat Coordinator, UNDP
UNDP; Partner Country Support, PC Survey, IATI Governance; Membership; New York weather.
avatar for Carl Elmstam

Carl Elmstam

Policy advisor and program manager, Digital Development, Sweden - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
avatar for Sofie Habram

Sofie Habram

Policy Specialist - Development Finance Statistics, Sweden - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)



Tuesday March 7, 2017 16:30 - 17:30
TBA
 
Wednesday, March 8
 

10:30

Improving the IATI file validation process
Speakers
avatar for Herman van Loon (Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Netherlands)

Herman van Loon (Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Netherlands)

IATI technical lead, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Technical lead IATI of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Interested in all IATI subjects with a special focus on chain transparency, data quality and the use of IATI data.


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

11:30

The future of the official IATI Datastore: Gathering user needs

The IATI Datastore was launched in 2012 although has never progressed beyond alpha status. Whilst this tool experiences some use, it frequently suffers import problems and is difficult to debug and maintain from a technical point of view. Informal usability research has shown that significant improvements are needed to make this tool useful for wider data use, particularly for non-technical users. 

The IATI Technical Team are committed to providing a more usable, robust and maintainable iteration of the Datastore, with work beginning in mid 2017. In this session we will begin to gather user requirements for a future data store.  Outputs will form part of the detailed scoping resulting in technology choices that will lead to an improved product.

Speakers
avatar for Dale Potter

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.


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

13:30

Next-generation IATI humanitarian changes
Speakers
avatar for Nick Imboden

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.
avatar for Wendy Rogers (Development Initiatives)

Wendy Rogers (Development Initiatives)

IATI Business & Data Analyst (Grand Bargain ), Development Initiatives
Anything IATI related especially using publishing or using IATI data in the humanitarian context. Also anything about the Grand Bargain
DM

David Megginson

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


Wednesday March 8, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
TBA

14:30

Integrating data on all resources and impact at country level
Speakers
avatar for Bill Anderson (IATI technical team - Development Initiatives)

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.


Wednesday March 8, 2017 14:30 - 15:30
TBA

16:00

IATI v3+: Imagining the future together
Speakers
avatar for John Adams (DFID)

John Adams (DFID)

Head of Aid Management Service, UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Talk to me about #IATI, open aid data and government transparency.


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