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How will the International Aid Transparency Initiative impact international development? - June Salon in DC

Transparency and accountability to various stakeholders, including donors, the public, the media, host country governments, aid recipients and program participants, are at the top of the agenda these days.

IATINew ICTs and wider usage of data visualizations are enabling the capture, processing and sharing of large amounts of data in ways that were not possible before. Open information about the activities of different aid organizations is key to better coordination, planning, implementing and evaluating impact, not to mention it can be used by stakeholders to hold aid organizations more accountable.

The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), a multi-stakeholder initiative that includes donors, partner countries and CSOs, aims to make information about aid spending more transparent and easier to access, use and understand via common, open, international standards for publishing information – the "IATI standard." IATI has been signed by 28 donor agencies and endorsed by 22 partner countries, including the US.

Join us at the June 6th Technology Salon where Steve Davenport (Development Gateway), Larry Nowels (aid effectiveness consultant at Hewlett Foundation), and Tony Pipa (Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID) will lead us in discussing:
  • How can IATI and the push for greater coordination and transparency lead to more accountability and better impact?
  • How is IATI different than past efforts? How will it change international development?
  • Will we see an increase in transparent reporting?
  • What will the US Government and USAID in particular mandate in terms of IATI?
  • Will aid be more efficient/effective? Or is this just another M&E and reporting system in addition to all the others?
  • What does IATI compliance mean in practice for INGOs and Contractors? What are some of the challenges? What are the technological implications for contractors and INGOs?
  • How can we balance concerns around opening up aid data with the positive potential of an aid sector built around transparency, accountability and open aid data?
Please RSVP ASAP to join your Technology Salon colleagues in our June meeting in DC - we will reach capacity fast.

   IATI and aid effectiveness
   June Technology Salon
   8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
   Wednesday, June 6, 2012
   IREX 3rd Floor Conference Room
   2121 K Street NW
   Washington, DC (map)

We'll have hot coffee and Krispe Kreme donuts for a morning rush, but seating is limited at IREX's headquarters. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance - once we reach our 20-person capacity there will be a waitlist.

About the Technology Salon™

subscribersThe Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 20 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.  It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

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