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Using IATI in alternative contexts (country budgets; domestic philanthropy)

IATI is an XML standard that has been developed to capture details on aid projects: including locations, budgets, organisations involved, sectors targeted, transactions and spending, associated documents, and results. 

I've had a number of conversations recently that have involved looking at whether the IATI standard could provide a framework for:

  • (a) Recording country budget data
  • (b) Recording domestic philanthropy

The advantage of (a) would be making country budgets and resource allocations comparable/combinable with IATI data. The advantage of (b) would be that organisations that deal in both domestic and international funding had only one standard; and that tools developed to work with IATI data could also work with domestic philanthropy data.

Both these use-cases would probably require some adaptation of the standard to do things like:

  • Change the root element (mainly a cosmetic change - but it might not make sense to have a domestic philanthropy project as an iati-activity, or with an iati-identifier)
  • Change which elements are required or not (e.g. tied-status might not make sense, or might need to be re-interpreted for other contexts)
  • Put forward some alternate code-lists

If extending the IATI Standard in this way makes sense, it could have some interesting implications. Either extensions / alternative profiles of IATI would be 'child profiles' of IATI; or set up as siblings of IATI within a wider 'Projects' XML / linked data vocabulary of which IATI would be one profile. 

This knowledge base article has been added so that anyone interested in the extension of IATI in ways describe above can:
  • Register their interest / current activity in relation to this by adding a comment below;
  • Discuss appropriate routes to doing this;
  • Suggest possible next-steps to take discussions forward if relevant;

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