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  1. Leigh
    Leigh April 14, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for this. Really interesting and timely article. Myanmar is also doing some interesting stuff with IATI data through their own aid information management system called Mohinga. Still early days but the system does currently have the ability to import data from IATI directly into the system. Certainly an initiative worth watching.

    Full disclosure – I’m working with the team on developing the system.

  2. Ashlee Betteridge
    Ashlee Betteridge April 14, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for this Robin. During the aid tracker (www.devpolicy.org/aidtracker) development process, I tried to find a meaningful way to bring in IATI data on Australia and usually just found myself swearing at my computer. It’s something I want to come back to now, but it really showed up just how difficult this data is to use meaningfully without some kind of clear portal. D-portal is promising (and I had hoped IATI studio would be up by the time I got back to this work!).

    If aid organisations are really committed to transparency, they need to think of the end-user. Transparency is not just about having stuff out there, it is about making it useful and usable. Transparency and communications need to work hand-in-hand if we want people to be informed – in my view, enabling people to be informed should really be the goal of transparency, rather than some sort of institutional box-ticking exercise.

    One of the amazing things after the aid tracker launch was the amount of people (journalists, people in the aid sector, students and more) who were surprised/excited by the ‘new’ data and information – much of which was data that was already around, but incomprehensible or buried for the layperson. It really showed the power of making information palatable, accessible and usable.

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