The portal is aimed at providing government departments, parliamentarians and civil society organizations in developing countries with information that can help with the planning and monitoring of development activities.
There are various ways to search and view IATI data on d-portal. Depending on what information you are looking for, you can filter data by:
We collected data for the 2020 Aid Transparency Index from December 2019 to April 2020. There are a number of stages in the data collection and assessment process. We first collect data from the IATI Registry using our bespoke Aid Transparency Tracker software. This runs automated tests on the data to assess the coverage and quality of data published for each indicator. If we can’t find data on the IATI Registry for a donor or for a specific indicator, we carry out a manual survey to see if the information is available in another format.
We then carry out manual sampling of the IATI data. We take a random sample from a donor’s activities and review the quality of the data or documents that we find to assess whether they meet our indicator criteria. If the data does not meet our quality standards, the points for that indicator are lost. This is the only existing systematic manual check of IATI data quality and is a key part of the Index’s data quality assessment. It is also labor intensive. Across the donors and indicators in the Index, and including both rounds of data collection, we manually reviewed over 20,000 documents and data points. The Index assessment is an iterative process that invites participation from the donors under review, so they can provide additional information and evidence. We also score the donors twice—once at the start of the process, and again at the end. We provide feedback during the process so donors can make changes and improvements to their data during the assessment. We have found that this process is a strong driver for improved transparency among the major aid donors we assess
The 2020 Aid Transparency Index shows significant improvement in donors’ overall transparency compared to 2018. Eleven donors moved into the ‘very good’ category, an increase of four from 2018. The number in ‘good’ increased by two, to 15. This means that over half of the 47 donors that we assessed are now in the ‘good’ or ‘very good’ categories. This shift towards greater transparency consisted of many donors making incremental improvements in their aid transparency and of individual donors making wholesale changes to their publication practices, leading to significant jumps in their scores. The improvement in scores reflects that donors are publishing increasingly more, better-quality data in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard. All of the donors, except those in the ‘very poor’ category, published IATI data about their activities and policies, meaning their information is open, timely, comparable, and centralised, meeting the international standard for aid transparency. We also saw donors improving the completeness of their IATI data, with 21 of the donors publishing against at least one additional indicator as compared to their 2018 performance, and nine donors starting to publish data against at least five more of the indicators. The Index continues to drive behaviour towards greater transparency and openness among aid donors. An important element of this is the Index data collection process itself, during which Publish What You Fund engages directly with donors and provides feedback on how they can improve their data, approaches, and policies. The average score based on the first set of collected data was 54.4, which increased to 63.4 in the final data collection round four months later.
Unicef believes that the next frontier in the aid transparency movement is engagement with stakeholders and governments in partner countries. Using data to engage directly with development partners can help to build trust between donors, governments, and communities. This can also be a way to construct feedback loops to continuously improve and build trust in the aid data.
• Donors should share comprehensive data about the results and impact of their projects.
• Donors should publish project budget documents, project procurement information (contracts and tenders), and sub-national locations.
• Regional development banks should publish their private sector portfolios.
• DFIs should publish financial and performance data about their private sector portfolios.
• Donors remaining in the ‘fair’ category should prioritize transparency—all donors need to pull their weight.
• Donors should engage directly with stakeholders in partner countries to raise awareness about the available data, build trust, and establish feedback loops for continuous improvement.