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Tuesday, May 17 • 14:00 - 14:45
Accountability Using IATI: A Local Perspective LIMITED

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Transparency in the development aid sector has seen a significant rise in the last years, mainly due to global commitment to the open data IATI XML standard. Last year alone, a staggering amount of USD78B was reported to IATI by approx. 380 donors, NGO's, philanthropist and private entities.

The global development aid community is aware of the potential impact IATI has on accountability, transparency, monitoring and evaluation. While efforts have risen to move IATI from a donor perspective to a local level, true local access to this pool of open data is virtually non-existent.

Donors themselves have been investing heavily in ICT tools that enable IATI data to be transformed, exported and re-used, but no significant use cases have arisen that provide local communities with easy to use tools to review, monitor and evaluate development aid activities in their context. This must change.

IATI Studio will make it easy to publish, visualize and use data. A simple web-based interface allows users granular selection, filtering and analysis of development projects related to their community. It aims to provide a simple Responder Tool, enabling local communities to comment and respond if traced projects have not started or promised results are not being met. The local communities will be able to tell their story, re-use the data and hold duty bearers accountable in the IATI chain.

IATI Studio is an imitative by Zimmerman & Zimmerman, Oxfam Novib and Leiden University.

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Siem Vaessen (Zimmerman & Zimmerman)

Managing Director, Zimmerman & Zimmerman
Mr. Vaessen is CEO at Zimmerman & Zimmerman, an open-source data and visualization company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He serves as technical liaison to the efforts made by Zimmerman & Zimmerman to maintain a sustainable data-engine, enabling organisations like DfiD, UNESCO... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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