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Establishing Policy For Which Organisation Identifier To Use

A publisher has a number of field offices which are formally and individually incorporated in Europe.  The organisation is also formally registered to operate in the countries in which they work. This includes Kenya for which the NGO Coordination Board (http://www.ngobureau.or.ke/) is already present on the registration agency codelist and Haiti for which the local NGO registration agency run by the Office Of The Special Envoy for Haiti (http://csohaiti.org/) is not. 

As a result, the question is do we use their ‘official’ company incorporation details (the European details) or the local registration details from the country(s) in which they are working. The latter (the local registration details) can tell us more about the organisation – seeing an org id starting KE  means we know that they are operating in Kenya .  However, it would be good just to clarify which should take precedence for the field offices when reporting separately from their parent HQ?

 

 

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    David Carpenter

    We think this needs broader consultation before there is anything practical that we can do. Perhaps something for the TAG.

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    Roderick Besseling

    Hi David and Wendy. 

    I am in a similar position at the moment. We currently have 10 registered country offices and a HQ in the Netherlands. Question again is, do we register Country Offices separately or link them to HQ in a manner? Has any progress been made on this issue?

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    David Carpenter

    Wendy is probably in a better position than me to update you Roderick, however, my understanding is that at the moment we only have a few cases where this is currently an issue, but anticipate there will be more in the future. 

    As such, I don't think there has been much progress from our perspective on this, but we are looking for input from any interested parties about preferences on this. 

    Is there a solution that would work for you? Can you make the case (here) for one way or the other? I think your thinking/processes would be useful to us, and others.

    In practical terms, I can't see a 'policy' decision being made on this in the near future, but it may be that further discussion can help you make a decision for your situation.  

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    Wendy Rogers

    We have finally had an opportunity to discuss this issue and the proposal is to use the registration agency for the country where the organisation that controls the associated bank account resides.  As a simple example a federated organisation might transfer funds from their Dutch HQ to their office located in Kenya thereby moving monies from the Netherlands to Kenya. In this case both organisations should ideally report to IATI as separate entities with separate organisation identifiers so that it is possible to determine which payments have been made by which office. 

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