Virtual Community Exchange 4 - Agenda

Virtual Community Exchange 4 - Agenda

Thursday 10 November (13:30- 18:00 UTC)

Dear IATI Community,

Please find below the agenda of the Virtual Community Exchange taking place on Thursday 10 November (13:30-18:00 UTC). All sessions will have live interpretation (French/Spanish/English) and will be hosted on our own Zoom Event-Space (instructions will follow shortly). 

If you have haven't registered yet, please do so by clicking here.

Opening Session

(13:30-14:15 UTC/ 8:30-9:15 EST)



Welcome to the fourth edition of IATI’s Virtual Community Exchange! We are thrilled to open this VCE4 with a plenary key-note speech by Mr. Augustus Flomo, Deputy-Minister for Economic Management at the Liberian Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

After Deputy Minister Flomo’s remarks we open the floor for any of your questions or comments. Before moving into a short break, we will wrap-up the Opening by giving all session-hosts an opportunity to briefly present their upcoming sessions. This way you will get a full overview of what to expect, and where you need to be at the VCE4! 



Sessions Block 1

(14:30-15:30 UTC/ 9:30-10:30 EST)

Session 1: Lessons from Liberia: making use of IATI data at country level

Over the last four years, we have developed the Liberia Project Dashboard, to track, publish and manage information about development projects in the country. The Dashboard was recently recognised as the only known country-level IATI integration currently in use. Automatically importing data, particularly from IATI, is allowing us to rapidly move beyond data collection: by the end of 2022, data collection for Liberia’s five largest donors will largely be automated. Our attention is now shifting towards using the data to improve decision-making and respond to policy priorities.

We will share some of the ideas around analytical functionality that responds to the needs of the Liberian context. This includes tracking results and disbursement rates, and alignment with the national development plan and the SDGs. We will discuss some issues for IATI publishers to consider. We will also request feedback from participants on other ways in which we could use the data to support policy processes. We welcome feedback on whether our approach could be useful in other country contexts.



Session 2: Who is funding livestock development and where? Followed by panel discussion on IATI cross-cutting issues

This VCE-session is split in two parts: a presentation by SEBI-Livestock on the Livestock Project Portal, followed by an interactive panel-discussion on cross-cutting issues in IATI.

PART 1 - SEBI-Livestock presentation

Discover and help shape the development of the livestock project portal, designed to support more coordinated investments in the livestock sector.

The Livestock Project Portal Dynamic Dashboard taps into the rich trove of IATI data to continuously collect and present information on livestock investments. The dashboard provides users with valuable “real time” insights on the activity of organisations working on livestock development. The greatest benefit experienced will be the improvement of information on livestock investments across the sector to inform decisions.  The goal is to offer an evidence base to help maximize the impact and efficiency of resources and efforts invested into livestock, ultimately supporting food security.

In addition, we have started identifying areas where IATI data could be strengthened to improve data quality.

In this session, SEBI-Livestock will:     

  • Present demand-driven data products and show how IATI data can be used to support donor coordination for the livestock sector;        
  • Demonstrate the Tableau dashboard that we have created from IATI data and walk through how it can support users;     
  • Show the code to extract out livestock and fisheries investments;       
  • Discuss how we have engaged with the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) community to get feedback and shape the development of the tool;
  • Listen to the IATI community, with an interactive discussion to learn about other experiences using data for donor coordination. E.g. How do others deal with data quality, and what other data do they blend IATI data with it? How can we improve sector codes to support livestock data and the wider food security context.

PART 2 - interactive panel discussion: IATI cross-cutting issues

In this interactive panel discussion representatives from the World Bank (Global Alliance for Food Security), European Commission, USAID and Open Data Services will share experiences on cross-cutting issues, and how we can use the IATI Standard as it is, to help publishers and users provide and find such data.

Zacharey Carmichael
Team Leader for Famine Action Mechanism (FAM) and Operations Officer (World Bank)
Renate Haustrate-Assam
Team Leader, Joint Implementation and Effectiveness (UNDP)
Sarah L Scholz
Policy Advisor (USAID)
Steven Flower
Co Founder (ODS) and IATI Technical Specialist (UN OCHA)












Session Block 2

(15:45-16:45 UTC/ 10:45-11:45 EST)

Session 3: Global research programmes using IATI data – climate, localisation, women’s economic empowerment and development finance institutions

In these four brief presentations we’ll showcase how the Publish What You Fund team has built and analysed IATI data sets, produced policy insights and advocacy messages, and also will share what they’ve learned about the quality of data, ways which publishers could improve their disclosure, and also suggestions on how the IATI Standard could be improved.



Session 4: IATI Talks (1): Secretariat Highlights

Join this ‘IATI Talks’ session to receive updates on projects and activities spearheaded by the IATI Secretariat, and to ask your questions on the substantive work of the initiative.

The session will cover three key areas: 

  1. Improving Data Quality: ‘Sneak Peek’ at IATI’s new publishing tool, IATI Publisher.Since February, the IATI Secretariat and Technical Team have been working with Young Innovations to develop a new tool to support small and medium sized organisations to publish to IATI. IATI Publisher is nearing completion and user testing is underway. 
  2. Enabling Data Use: A review of progress made in the past year, including improvements to IATI’s data access tools, Country Development Finance Data and Datastore Search and a sneak peek of the forthcoming Virtual training for civil society on how to access, understand and use IATI data.
  3. Expanding the IATI Community: Highlighting outcomes from the 2022 Partner Country Workshop andWest and Central Africa Regional Workshop, and an update on the upcoming Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop; along with an update on the in-person 2023 IATI Community Exchange.

This is your chance to ask IATI Secretariat colleagues any of your burning questions, share your brilliant ideas or just sit back, relax and hear the highlights of the Secretariat’s work in 2022. Sounds good? See you at IATI Talks!



Session Block 3

(17:00-18:00 UTC/ 12:00-13:00 EST)

Session 5: Humanitarian Data Needs - experiences by Financial Tracking Services (FTS)

This session is a follow-up of a VCE3-session, hosted by colleagues at the team of United Nations OCHA's Financial Tracking Services (FTS).

Focus will be on humanitarian data needs: what is needed in terms of the speed of data publication in humanitarian contexts? FTS colleagues will share their experiences and engage in interactive discussions with the wider IATI Community.



Session 6: IATI Talks (2): Board Drop-In

For this VCE4-session we need all your brilliant brainpower, ideas and suggestions as we (finally) move towards an in-person community-event in March 2023. This Community Exchange will be organised at UN City in Copenhagen and is part of the IATI Members' Assembly.

The Governing Boards invites everyone to participate in an interactive community-brainstorm where we try to source your input on what kind of community events, agenda-items and workshops you would like to see during the in-person IATI Community Exchange taking place in…Copenhagen!



Closing Session


Optional: post-VCE4 Mix & Mingle (informal networking opportunity)

Although there will not be a plenary closing of the VCE4, we do want to offer you an informal space to virtually network. Join this (optional) post-VCE4 'Mix & Mingle' to connect with other colleagues.

This Mix & Mingle-session only has light-touch facilitation, as you will go into break-out rooms.