IATI instruments

IATI data

The central element in the IATI concept is the Registry. This is where you can find all the organisations that publish information in IATI format, as well as the activities that they are doing. The registry does not contain all the information about development and humanitarian aid initiatives. Instead, it is a list of organisations and for each organisation a list of the (XML) files they have produced and where you can find them. The actual IATI documents can be found on the websites of the different government agencies, NGOs, volunteer groups, etc. that have joined the IATI initiative (and that have registered). While anyone can produce and share IATI documents, the registry is what enables people or organisations all over the world to find that information.

However, hopping from one website to the other to open IATI documents can be tedious and the files will only tell you what each individual organisation does. To get an overview of what is done by different donor countries or what happens in a specific country or region (activities of different organisations), you can use the Datastore. The Datastore visits the websites of the registered organisations, reads the information from the IATI documents and brings it together in a database that you can query.

Another instrument to explore IATI data in a more visual way is D-portal. This tool is still in a development phase and tries to explore the different possibilities to learn from the IATI data.

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