There is a still small but steadily growing consensus across a number of standards bodies to adopt a shared methodology for identifying organisations.
This methodology splits identifiers into two parts: a registration agency and a registration identifier. IATI maintains (and continues to build) a code list of registration agencies. The registration identifier is issued by the agency.
This methodology is well established within IATI for the identification of NGOs and private sector organisations. The exception to this is the way in which we have utilised OECD DAC identifiers for those institutions recognised by the DAC. To standardise these identifiers it is proposed that:
- The OECD DAC is recognised as a registration agency with code XM-DAC.
(All agencies are prefixed with ISO country codes: the XM indicates a multilateral/international agency)
- DAC donor codes should be adopted
IATI at the outset substituted DAC donor codes with ISO country codes. This should be corrected.
The government of the United Kingdom (as a donor) is currently represented as "GB". This should now change to XM-DAC-12
- DAC agency codes should be modified to be consistent with donor codes
UK DFID is currently referenced in IATI as "GB-1". This should now change to XM-DAC-12-1
- DAC delivery channel codes should be prefixed with the DAC agency code
UNDP is currently referenced in IATI as "41114". This should now change to XM-DAC-41114
This is a major change to how most big donors and implementing agencies are identified. For publishers of data this is a one-off change which we believe is in the long-term interests of the standard. For users of data this will result in disruption in the short-term, and IATI will put in place a cross-referencing utility to ease the pain for users of data.