International transparency standards

The standard of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI Standard) and the Common Open Standard for Aid Transparency

Logo: International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)

The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) was established in 2008 at the 3rd High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness held in Accra, Ghana. The initiative brings together government, civil society and private sector players with the aim of making financial resources flowing into developing countries more transparent and easier to compare by means of a common standard. Germany has been a member of the IATI since 2008, when it helped to launch the transparency initiative.

The standard established by the International Aid Transparency Initiative provides a common format which governments and their agencies, civil society organisations and private donors use to publish data about their development cooperation funding in a machine readable format. Accordingly, the standard captures a selection of detailed data on organisations and projects. The data supplied is published as "open data" via an open licence on the website of the donor in question and is linked to the IATI registry. The published data can then be accessed freely via search functions and data links.

Logo: Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

At the Fourth High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan (Republic of Korea) in 2011, participants agreed on introducing a common transparency standard for the publication of data on aid. The "Common Open Standard for Aid Transparency", as it is known, is based on the requirements of statistical reporting system of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the IATI standard. In 2012, the BMZ published an implementation plan (in German) detailing how the common transparency standard was to be implemented.

And since March 2013, the BMZ has been implementing the Common Open Standard for Aid Transparency by publishing its latest information and data on completed, ongoing and newly committed projects and programmes under Germany's bilateral and multilateral development cooperation programme in accordance with the IATI standard. The data is published every month.

The BMZ works closely with its implementing organisations to continuously improve the quality and quantity of the data. Explanatory notes on the data supplied can be found here. The updated data on Germany's development cooperation found on the IATI site supplement both the verified data on official development assistance that Germany reports on an annual basis, and the predictive FSS data held by the OECD.

Open Government Partnership (OGP)

The Open Government Partnership is an international initiative, the members of which work to advance the principles of open governance – such as transparency and citizen participation – by encouraging countries to adopt national action plans.

Germany announced it was joining the initiative in December 2016, under the lead management then of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI). In June 2018, the Federal Chancellery took over as the lead ministry. The BMZ participates actively in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) through its involvement in the First National Action Plan (NAP). It regularly publishes data and information regarding Germany's development cooperation activities in line with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard, thereby making an important contribution to open government. And it coordinates closely with civil society organisations to do this.

The Aid Transparency Index (ATI): verifying compliance with the standards

Since 2011, the British non-governmental organisation "Publish What You Fund" has been compiling its Aid Transparency Index (ATI) either annually or biennially. In its ATI ranking of the BMZ, "Publish What You Fund" distinguishes between two "organisational entities": "BMZ-GIZ" and "BMZ-KfW".

In recent years, the BMZ has made great progress with regard to transparency, in particular in respect of the quality of its data. This is reflected in the Aid Transparency Index for 2018, where the BMZ-GIZ performance is rated "good" and the BMZ-KfW performance "fair".

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