Open Data

Open Data

In line with the trends in development assistance transparency, the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) was launched in Accra, Ghana in 2008 as a global campaign to create transparency in the records of how aid money is spent. The initiative aims to achieve a common, open standard for electronic publication of timely, comprehensive and forward-looking information on resources for development co-operation.

The data is not directly available through the IATI site. It rather serves as a platform linked to donor national systems and databases that publish data on their own sites in line with the IATI standard. This single standard contributes to greater transparency of development cooperation on the basis of:

  • greater availability of historical, current and future information on aid flows;
  • comprehensive information on aid projects and programmes;
  • broader coverage and participation (beyond ODA, and beyond traditional donors);
  • improved timeliness and more frequent updates of development financing information.

When compared to the OECD DAC statistics, the IATI enables timely access to development finance data as well as their easier practical application and comparison. The IATI initiative not only brings together donor countries, but also the recipient governments, civil society and specialists in order to promote quality in publishing data on development cooperation.

The Slovak Republic has, through the Medium-Term Strategy for Development Cooperation for the years 2014 – 2018, undertaken a commitment to report in line with the IATI standards. The Strategy aims to increase the extent and quality of published data on delivered, implemented and planned development assistance in line with the Busan commitments.