Open data hub

Free access to data and information is crucial for making decisions on international development. It helps to identify and focus on common goals, to measure progress, to enable learning and to encourage innovation. It increases the transparency and responsiveness of governments, civil society and the private sector. It underpins the measurement of the sustainable development goals.

Our open data hub is packed with content to inspire and connect NGOs who want to share and use open data in their projects. It also provides practical support for using the IATI open data standard.

Open data news and views

Data and world
NGOs should have a better understanding of non-aid financial flows, such as trade, investment and remittances.
25 August 2017
A new version of the International Aid Transparency Initiative publishing tool AidStream will replace the existing version during the first week of April 2016.
15 March 2016
Open sign hanging in a window
More governments becoming "sustainably more transparent, more accountable, and more responsive to their own citizens" sounds good to me. But it's an ambitious vision.
18 November 2015

Open data case studies

Drops of water

Mapping restored water wells

The International Committee of the Red Cross developed a GPS map showing the location of restored water wells in Aleppo, Syria.
Twelve-year-old Michael Sunit stands amid the destruction all around him in Hagdan village, Guintacan island.

Handle with care

Oxfam published a responsible data policy designed to ensure staff treat the data they collect with respect and uphold the rights of the people it relates to.
27 August 2015
Children in Sierra Leone eating lunch

Mapping Caritas members using IATI

The Caritas Network are developing an online mapping tool that contains information about Caritas member projects.

Open data resources

BBC Media Action data portal
This interactive online resource features reports, visualisations, tools, and data from BBC Media Action research conducted with more than 100,000 people in 13 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East over the last five years.
6 April 2017
Stock market graph and bar chart price display
The 2016 edition of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report covers today’s internet growth and an in-depth look at a range of issues.
1 June 2016
Map of the Netherlands
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs have produced guidance for organisations to help them report on grants using IATI.

Open data in brief

Changing the discourse on humanitarian innovations and partnerships

How can new data sources and real-time information systems improve decision-making? Benjamin Kumpf from the UN Development Programme shares his thoughts about the future of data in development.

Devex 31 May 2016

Transparency at heart of reforming humanitarian action

Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, Harpinder Collacott, executive director of Development Initiatives, talks about the role of transparency in reforming humanitarian action.

The Guardian 20 May 2016

We won’t achieve gender equality without data

Currently, the data available , especially data that reflects the lives of girls and women, is incomplete or biased. Gro Harlem Brundtland and Kathy Calvin look at what can be done to help start the gender data revolution.

Global Citizen 18 May 2016