Twaweza publishes first IATI data

For the first time, Twaweza has published data on budgets and expenditures in line with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard. The data is available through the IATI registry.

IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid, development and humanitarian resources in order to increase their effectiveness in tackling poverty. IATI brings together donor and recipient countries, civil society organisations and other experts in aid information who are committed to working together to increase the transparency of aid.

Twaweza’s IATI publication at this stage is a first step in a longer process.

The data published now is aggregated, lacking in detail. It does not take full advantage of the potential of the IATI standard, or fully meet best practice in terms of the data being published. Nevertheless, it does enable people working with IATI data to include Twaweza data in their work, and it represents a significant step towards greater organisational transparency. It is also in line with the approach adopted by many organisations publishing to IATI – publish some data quickly, though it may be lacking in detail, then improve the quality and quantity of data published over time.

This represents a significant step towards the goal of making Twaweza one of the most transparent organisations working in international development.

Notes on the data:

  • The data is extracted from audited financial statements of Twaweza (2009-2013) and Uwezo (2013). This is the source of both budget data and expenditure data.
  • Uwezo data is only published since July 2012, when Uwezo management had fully transitioned to Twaweza.
  • The data does not include accounts data for other initiatives under Hivos Tanzania (such as the Tanzania Media Fund).
  • Data is published as public domain, under the Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License (PDDL).
  • Activities are the core unit of analysis of IATI data. Twaweza’s work has been divided into seven activities: (Uwezo; Strategic Partnerships; Uwazi; Experimental Interventions; Strategic Engagement; Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Operations, including administration, personnel, etc.)
  • A single budget figure has been calculated for each year of each activity.
  • Some activities have been broken down into sub-activities, where the detail can be seen at transaction level in the IATI data.
  • Only one transaction has been entered for each sub-activity in each year. The transaction covers all expenditure on that sub-activity during that year. The transactions have all been dated as the final day of the year in question.
  • Where the audit reports use different terminology for different years, some standardisation has been done to harmonise terms. In some cases this means there is less detail in the published (IATI) data than in the audit reports.

In addition to IATI related data, Twaweza has for several years published its full annual plans, budgets, reports (narrative and financial), monitoring briefs, evaluation papers and other key materials online. Over time we are working to disclose and publish project proposals and designs, partner contracts, progress reports and independent assessments. Advice and ideas on how to do this well, and examples of organizations that we can emulate, most welcome. Email Attn: transparency

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