How does IATI work?
The IATI Standard
At the centre of IATI is the IATI Standard. This is a format and framework for publishing data on development cooperation activities, intended for use by all organisations engaged in development, from government donors to private sector organisations, and national and international NGOs. It was designed in close consultation with key users of development cooperation data in developing countries, to ensure its relevance and utility for a variety of different data users.
IATI uses a data format called XML. It is very easy to convert this format into more accessible formats – such as CSV, or even use it to drive tools that can generate graphs and tables of data from queries.
Use of XML enables swift, machine-readable data to be easily exchanged, compared, and mashed up with other data published in the XML format.