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Clarification of budget element definition

Activity budgets are indicative and not binding. The budget element definition does not make this clear. 

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    IATI Tech Team

    This item has been moved to the '2.02 Decimal Upgrade Proposals' forum for inclusion the upcoming decimal upgrade.

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    Herman van Loon

    Agree that this should be clearly stated in the definition.

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    Bill Anderson

    NB that this should be drafted in conjunction with the proposal for a budget-status,

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    IATI Tech Team

    This proposal has been discussed amongst the IATI Technical Team following the end of the initial suggestion phase of the v2.02 upgrade.

    The IATI Technical Team support this proposal.  A suggestion is to append the following text to the budget definition: 'If the @type attribute is not present, the budget is assumed to be indicative'.  

    Further updates on work towards the practical implementation of this proposal into the version 2.02 of the IATI standard will be posted as part of this thread.

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    IATI Tech Team

    Please see below for the technical implementation that is suggested in the Version 2.02 - Formal Proposal:

    The definition for the following elements:

    • iati-organisation/total-budget
    • iati-organisation/recipient-org-budget
    • iati-organisation/recipient-country-budget
    • iati-acitvity/budget

    is proposed to have the following text appended:

    ‘The status explains whether the budget being reported is indicative or has been formally committed. The value should appear within the BudgetStatus codelist. If the @status attribute is not present, the budget is assumed to be indicative.’

     

    Note that it is proposed to add an @status attribute to each of the above elements - this forms part of the proposal here: http://support.iatistandard.org/entries/21150501-Budgets-and-tentativeness?page=1#post_27564733

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    IATI Tech Team

    This proposal has been added as a GitHub issue, for inclusion in the version 2.02 development branch of the IATI-Schemas: https://github.com/IATI/IATI-Schemas/issues/288

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    IATI Tech Team

    This proposal has now been incorporated into a version 2.02 code repositories (see the above GitHub issue link for technical details). The relevant page on a development version of the 2.02 reference and documentation site are available to view for the iati-organisation/total-budgetiati-organisation/recipient-org-budgetiati-organisation/recipient-country-budget and iati-activity/budget elements.

    We welcome scrutiny on the implementation of this proposal and encourage the community to feedback and suggest solutions for any errors, omissions and problems. This should be done before Monday 7 December, when the process will commence to release version 2.02 as a live version of the IATI Standard. More information on the inspection phase is available here.

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