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An introduction to IATI for humanitarian actors

This background paper introduces humanitarian actors, particularly those organisations that have signed up to the Grand Bargain, to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard. It answers key questions about the purpose of IATI, how it works, who uses it, and how it relates to existing humanitarian financing tracking systems and platforms. At the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, a number of leading donor governments, multilateral and UN agencies and NGOs, agreed the ‘Grand Bargain: A Shared Commitment to Better Serve People in Need’, including a set of proposals and commitments to increase the transparency of humanitarian financing. Within commitments on transparency, IATI is identified as the basis for a common standard for publishing data on humanitarian funding. Download the background paper in full

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Disability and aid spending: Can we use the DAC’s peer review mechanism to ensure aid is…

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the underlying aim to leave no one behind, hinges upon resources, policies and programmes focusing on the most marginalised people. Persons with disabilities have until now been left behind by the development agenda, but the SDGs include a clear commitment to better include disability. The collection and use of accurate and relevant data is critically important to including persons with disabilities in the development agenda. The SDGs are unequivocal in recognising that persons with disabilities not only count, but that their needs and the impact of progress on them (or lack of it) must also be counted.

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Approaches to measuring and monitoring South-South cooperation

Southern providers themselves recognise the benefits of such measuring and monitoring – it enables South–South cooperation to maximise its unique contribution to Agenda 2030. Moreover, there is a clear demand for better information from partner countries. Better data would support monitoring and evaluation, improve effectiveness, explore synergies with other resources and ensure accountability to a diverse set of stakeholders. At the moment, technical and political challenges mean an international consensus on how and whether to measure and monitor South–South cooperation remains far from sight.

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Counting cash: Tracking humanitarian expenditure on cash-based programming

View the full report here Assistance provided as cash or vouchers to people affected by humanitarian crises can offer greater choice and empowerment compared with assistance provided as goods in kind. At the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, many of the world’s largest humanitarian donors and agencies made a set of commitments, as part of a ‘Grand Bargain’, to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian assistance. Among the commitments was an agreement to ‘increase the use and coordination of cash-based programming’. There is currently no accurate, globally comparable data on the volume of assistance delivered in the form of cash and vouchers. In this report we aim to fill that gap by providing a baseline estimate on the volume and nature of cash-based programming in 2015.

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Webinar: Improving humanitarian transparency with IATI

Session 1: An introduction to the IATI Standard within the humanitarian context This session is for participants who want to understand what IATI is, how it can benefit the humanitarian community, and what it means to be an IATI publisher in terms of balancing transparency with operational, security, privacy and other concerns. When: Thursday 23 February 2017, 09.00–10.00 EST/14.00–15.00 GMT/15.00–16.00 CET Register to attend. After registering you will receive a link with instructions for joining the webinar If you are interested but can’t attend, still go ahead and sign up and we’ll make sure you have access to the recording and materials when they come out. Register to receive the recording.

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Counting cash in humanitarian contexts

There is growing evidence of the efficiency and effectiveness of cash-based programming in humanitarian assistance, and at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, many of the world’s largest humanitarian donors and agencies made a set of commitments as part of a ‘Grand Bargain’. This included an agreement to increase the use and coordination of cash-based programming. Until now however, there has not been a clear baseline on the current volume of humanitarian assistance delivered in the form of cash and vouchers. Our new report, Counting cash: Tracking humanitarian expenditure on cash-based programming, published jointly with the Overseas Development Institute, aims to fill that gap and sets out recommendations for improving tracking of investments in cash-based programming. Through an extensive data gathering exercise, we have established the most accurate estimate yet of overall global spending on humanitarian cash-based programming

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P20 Initiative: Center for Strategic & International Studies public panel discussion

Date 15 February 2017 Time 13:30─15:00 (ET) Location Center for Strategic & International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC, 20036 Webcast This event will be webcast live at 13:30─15:00 (ET); 18.30─20:00 (GMT) About An expert panel discussion on the P20 Initiative, which aims to track the progress of and improve information about the lives of the poorest 20% of people worldwide in order to tackle extreme poverty. The P20 is a universally applicable concept that emphasises the shared nature of challenges such as job creation, nutrition and security – as well as the universal risks of failure to include the P20 in progress in these areas. Featuring discussion with Judith Randel, Co-founder and Strategic Adviser, Development Initiatives Martin Ravallion, Edmond D. Villani Chair of Economics, Georgetown University; former Chief Economist, World Bank Daniel Speckhard, President and CEO, Lutheran World Relief Moderated by Daniel F.

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Why aid data needs to say more about persons with disabilities

“How much aid money goes to disability-inclusive projects?” With global disability prevalence estimated at more than 15%, and with known links between disability and poverty, it’s an obvious question – all the more so in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) pledge to leave no one behind. On the surface, it’s a very simple question too. But when I put this question to a major development agency a few years ago, I was surprised to see how laborious it was to piece the information together, project by project, from across the agency’s £4 billion bilateral aid programme. Although the agency gathered a wealth of transparency metrics, the information on disability just wasn’t there. This isn’t an isolated challenge: Concluding Observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities have also pointed to a lack of data on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in development programming – for example in Germany (in May 2015) and the European Union (in October 2015)

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World Bank poverty measurement in the Agenda 2030 era

Towards the end of 2016, many of the top thinkers on global poverty gave 21 recommendations on measuring poverty in a report (they authored as the Commission on Global Poverty) published by the World Bank. Monitoring Global Poverty gives a sweeping view of the many challenges to measuring poverty and provides guidance on how to improve poverty measurement, with the World Bank committing to a number of changes (although not all the recommendations) as a result. Now, following the World Data Forum in Cape Town in January 2017, there is real appetite for tackling the significant issues surrounding poverty data and ensuring developing countries are equipped with the data they need. This is essential for driving long-term sustainable improvements in poverty levels and resilience of vulnerable groups. So how does the World Bank poverty measurement, and the changes being adopted, fit in with the more complex and detailed data needs of Agenda 2030?

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Disability data to leave no one behind

This level of recognition for disability is essential as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) will only be a success if it really does ensure that no one is left behind – and that means we must focus on those at a greatest risk of being so. There is a fundamental logic at work here: to ensure that everyone is included you must have data on the whole population – without it, you cannot tell who is missing to target policies and resources on people left behind you have to know who and where they are to monitor progress on inclusion you need disaggregated data – averages for whole populations just won’t do. The good news is that effective and sustained advocacy on the issue of disability, and subsequent political interest and investment in disability data, has started to pay off. The UN Statistical Commission group on disability is larger than any other.

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Common cause, common language: harmonising key concepts in the Data Revolution

One of the great opportunities at the World Data Forum, which takes place in Cape Town from 15-18 January, is the strengthening of relationships between the world of official statistics and the ‘non-official’ data communities (from the private sector, civil society and academia) – groups that are beginning to collaborate in the revolution for sustainable development data. This paper argues that the differences that divide these worlds can be bridged by the adoption of a more inclusive definition of a ‘national statistical system’. Read our discussion paper in full

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Effective development aid through blended finance? Proceed with care

These days when the development community talks about aid effectiveness, using aid to increase private sector investments isn’t far from their thoughts. The recent discussions at the second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in November were no different. The GPEDC is the premier forum for the development community: providers of development cooperation, partner countries, civil society, the private sector and more, and at the High-Level Meeting they all came together to discuss and agree on how to improve development cooperation to end poverty and deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the meeting, ‘blended finance’ was a hot topic.  Donors have been turning increasingly toward blending private finance with development assistance, though many are not convinced that this is the best use of public funds for development

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Using joined-up datasets to improve the targeting of health and nutrition funding in Nepal

A mother and infant sit with a healthworker in a classroom in Naubise, Dhading in rural Nepal. Photo © Aisha Faquir/World Bank Raj’s demand for data and information “By being able to join different datasets, we are able to see gaps emerge between different groups and geographies. Analysis of such data allows us to better target our programme for those who need it the most, and it helps us ensure that disparities between subgroups and geography are mitigated for in our programme planning.” Aggregated national figures from the past two decades show that Nepal has made significant progress towards achieving the MDGs, particularly on health indicators such as rates of maternal mortality, HIV and AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. But despite this good progress at the national level, Raj and his team are aware from their fieldwork that there are significant disparities in health and nutrition, and that some communities are being left behind in the country’s development. They want to ensure that the work of Save the Children and other organisations can affectively target these groups and ensure that Nepal’s development is inclusive for all

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Using hydrological data to reduce disaster risk and enhance community resilience in Nepal

Regional training for a community-based flood early warning system, Lalitpur, Nepal. Photo: ICIMOD, Kathmandu Rajendra’s demand for data and information “We need real-time data on flooding so we can issue early warnings to both communities at risk and disaster management authorities, so they are informed and prepared” Until 2009 the water levels of Nepal’s rivers were gauged with the help of a measuring scale installed near the river edge. To monitor water levels this system required members of local disaster management committees to regularly visit the measuring scales. This manual process was not only time consuming but prevented the quick assessment essential for identifying the risk of flooding and landslides.

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