How to get involved
IATI is a multi-stakeholder initiative which welcomes participation from a wide range of people.
IATI membership is open to any donor or developing country government that commits to IATI’s aims and objectives. They are expected to endorse the Framework for Implementation. Alongside this, they must commit to a timetable for implementation.
There are two different categories of IATI membership:
All aid providers are invited to become IATI signatories. This includes official donors, philanthropic foundations and non-governmental organisations.
Any donor or partner country that becomes an IATI member must agree with the IATI Accra Statement. Donors and partner countries can also become IATI observers. IATI observers are able to attend Steering Committee meetings. In addition they can participate in TAG meetings and comment on draft proposals. However, final decisions will be taken by the signatories and Steering Committee only.
Partner governments (of developing countries) can become IATI members if they endorse the initiative. This means that they support the aims and objectives of IATI and have an interest in shaping it. They can participate fully in its mechanisms, such as the Technical Advisory Group and in meetings of its entire membership. Partner governments recognise that the main obligations of IATI are placed on donors.
Partner countries are key users of IATI information. They are encouraged to use it in national planning and budget preparations, aid management and other exercises at country level. IATI strives to improve the standard in order to better meet the needs of partner countries. Thus, strong partner country engagement in its implementation, monitoring and evaluation is key to its success.
Governments of developing countries are not asked to become signatories of IATI. This is because the Accra Agenda for Action asks donors and not recipient countries to publish information.
CSOs and international NGOs are involved in IATI. They sit as Steering Committee representatives and as active participants in the TAG.
IATI is in talks with NGOs to consider how the IATI standard is relevant to their work. This is consistent with the original IATI Accra Statement, which states that:
“To the extent possible, expect that organisations that deliver aid on behalf of our respective organisations should adhere to the same standards of transparency”.
We are very happy to talk to you about publishing IATI compliant data. Please complete the IATI Implementation Assessment form first, and send it to the contacts below. This will make it easier for us to help you plan this process.
We have provided a communications support page for when your organisation publishes to IATI.
Expressions of interest from individuals and organisations should be sent to email@example.com. We welcome your feedback on any elements of IATI. Please send your feedback to Alasdair Wardhaugh.