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Martin Penner, a former journalist, has worked for WFP since 2008. He is based at WFP's Rome headquarters, where he manages content on the organization's website and other online platforms.
ROME -- In a step which underlines the organization’s commitment to accountability, WFP this week became the 150th publisher of open, IATI-standard data which can be viewed through the IATI website. WFP joins other UN organizations such as Unicef, UN Women and UNDP on the expanding list.
“Making information more easily available to wider audiences is an important step toward greater accountability,” said Chris Kaye, director of Performance and Accountability Management for WFP in Rome, Italy. “It will help donors better see how their funds are being used, and help the humanitarian community, including national governments, better identify how needs can be addressed.
The more open aid agencies can be through initiatives like IATI, the better they will be able to combine resources to meet the needs of the world’s hungry, Kaye added.
The first IATI annual report was published in April 2013 and can be found here
WFP has provided data referring to 2010, 2011 and 2012. Like all IATI publishers, WFP shows where its funding went, listing all operations in over 70 countries and providing dollar figures for all key transactions. The data is in a format which can be machine-read and therefore used to create data visualisations.
IATI was launched in Accra, Ghana in 2008 to improve the quantity and quality of data available on aid and development flows. Users -- whether governments, parliamentarians, citizens in aid recipient countries, civil society organisations or the media -- can access data from a wide range of organisations and institutions.
The overarching goal for IATI is to reduce waste, fight corruption and make sure money gets to the people who need it most.
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) was the first organisation to publish to the IATI standard in January 2011, with United Nations Women’s programme the 100th in November 2012. Household name NGOs like Oxfam GB and World Vision UK have also started to publish data on their activities.
A full list of all publishers, and links to their data, can be found on the IATI Registry