Would it be possible to have a new Activity Status “Suspended” added to the codelists? http://iatistandard.org/codelists/activity_status/
On occasion donors will suspend aid, particularly budget support, to certain governments. This might be a useful addition to the codelist.
(on behalf of John Adams)
This is an appropriate request for consideration in version 1.05 of the standard, so it has been moved into the appropriate forum.
I am happy with this proposal PROVIDED THAT proper guidance both on its usage and calculations of "currentness" are prepared.
Users of data often need to filter their selections to cover only current activities. This is EITHER done through inspecting activity dates OR the activity status.
Is a suspended activity still in the current portfolio?
Would a suspended activity not be the same as an activity with the status 'implementing' for which the planned disbursements and budgets for the (planned) suspension period are zero? This would be enough indication that an activity is still in portfolio, but that no finanacial activity is planned for some time. It would reflect the real life situation of a freeze of e.g. budget support and make an additional status superfluous, keeping the IATI standard as simple as possible.
The status would allow organisations to quickly flag that an activity had been suspended, it might take some time to filter through reprofiled budgets.
I think it is still current, in that it has not been cancelled or completed. It could be started again at a moment's notice (by a political decision).
IATI Tech Team is happy for this to be included. There is, however, a need for new clear user guidance on:
Guidance should explain that the default behaviour of changing the status of an activity (without making any other change relating to this 'suspension') will be:
In my opinion this is acceptable.
The technical detail of this proposal can be followed here:
Added to guidance:
(see commit: https://github.com/IATI/IATI-Extra-Documentation/commit/0fe639d55b2611a2060a176c6b2bd4f54db8dd48 )
All existing 'names' on this codelist have a French translation. We are missing a translation for 'Suspended'.
Can anyone supply a translation please?
See the source at: https://github.com/IATI/IATI-Codelists/blob/version-1.04/xml/ActivityStatus.xml
I have received a suggestion of 'En attente' as an option for the French translation of 'Suspended'.
What do people think?
We've been advised to use 'Suspendu'