IATI

Canada’s Aid Transparency score increased by over 30 percentage points since 2012

The International Aid Transparency Initiative

The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) aims to make information about aid spending easier to find, use and compare. Donor countries, developing country governments and non-governmental organizations who have signed on to IATI commit to publishing more timely, comprehensive, and forward-looking information on international development assistance. IATI has developed a common, open, international standard for publishing this information.

IATI aims to ensure that citizens, developing country partners, civil society, and donor countries have access to information on development spending in a format that is comparable to data from other participating organizations and countries. This means that all those involved in international development assistance are better able to track what aid is being used for and what it is achieving. This, in turn, leads to every aid dollar being used as effectively as possible to reduce poverty and improve people's lives.

Canada and IATI

The former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) joined IATI in November 2011, underscoring its commitment to being more transparent.

In October 2012, CIDA released its first set of quarterly data files compatible with the IATI standard. CIDA's actions won praise from the non-governmental organization Publish What You Fund : "CIDA's publication—including important results information—is the first of its kind from a North American government institution. It is also the first IATI data to be published bilingually in French and English."

In December 2012, CIDA released its implementation schedule for the IATI standard, which outlined how and when CIDA planned to release more information as part of its commitment to IATI and to transparency.

In 2015 Finance Canada and IDRC released their first sets of data files, and Global Affairs Canada switched to monthly publication

In 2016 Canada was elected Chair of the Governing board of the International Aid Transparency Initiative.

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