Monthly Snapshot - May 2021

IATI Secretariat • 20 May 2021

In less than six months IATI Connect has expanded rapidly from 280 (December 2020) to now over 670 accounts, and we are still counting! Keep spreading the word and help grow our Community by encouraging your contacts to sign up via The monthly 'IATI Connect Snapshot' provides you with an overview of past and upcoming activities across the platform. 


In Case You Missed It

Consultation: IATI Traceability Guidance

The IATI Secretariat is currently holding a consultation to inform new guidance on how to publish data using the IATI Standard, that allows you to trace the flow of funds throughout the delivery chain of published data. Following your feedback and the recent traceability guidance webinar, the updated guidance document has been posted as part of this consultation. Please review and provide comments by Tuesday, 25 May!


Discussion: IATI Networks: Thinking beyond traceability

Join the discussion on thinking beyond traceability. IATI community member Steven Flower suggests broadening the scope of traceability to a less technical concept of networked data. Add your own comments or click on the “Follow” button to stay updated.


In the Spotlight: IATI Connect Communities

IATI Connect hosts 14 Communities on the platform, ranging from 6 to 80 members, and covering a wide range of different topics. In these groups you can launch Discussions or share information (Topics) relevant to your Community. This month we would like to welcome and highlight three new Communities: 


1. Newbies Corner

Join a group for IATI newcomers! The Newbies Corner on IATI Connect aims to provide IATI newcomers with useful information -- including the step-by-step IATI publishing flow infographic -- and will be an easy-to-access digital space where newbies can ask questions, engage in peer learning and help make the on-boarding process into IATI as smooth as possible.


2. Netherlands Corner

Check out the new Netherlands Corner, a knowledge-exchange space meant for all partners of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs who have joined the ‘Guided Implementation’programme, or anyone who wants to discuss the Dutch publishing guidelines.  


3. Data Use Working Group (DUWG)

Share suggestions and experiences with others on how to increase the use of IATI data: join IATI's Data Use Working Group (DUWG) now, and participate in our bi-weekly calls. This working group consists of volunteers from across the IATI community and everyone is welcome, regardless of your IATI membership status. For more information, you can also send us a message via or NB: for our next meeting (1st June), we'll have a "show and tell" of examples of IATI data use. If you have something you would like to share with the rest of the IATI community, please get in touch. 


Want to start your own Community on IATI Connect? Let us know via


IATI Connect Stories

Check out the fourth edition of IATI Connect Stories, our monthly video series showcasing the work of an IATI community member. This month, Henry Asor, Development Assistance Database Manager at the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in Nigeria, describes his interest in IATI data and how Nigeria is using IATI’s new Country Development Finance Data tool. You can also access this video in French or Spanish


Check out all previous Connect Stories on this new page. Want to be featured in the next IATI Connect Stories? Contact us via


Events Coming Up


- Thursday May 20 at 13:30-14:15 pm UTC (today!) - join us for the third IATI Connect Crash Course where you can learn how to use the platform and ask your questions. Tune in via Zoom! Can’t join today? Then enroll for the next Crash Course on July 8 via this event page.


- Monday May 24 (14:30-15:30 UTC) - join us for the first ‘Data Use Drop-In’. Each fourth Monday of the month, you can ask your data use questions and get on-the-spot-support from the IATI Secretariat. Enroll via the event page or join the meeting directly via the following Zoom link


- Tuesday June 1 (14:00-15:00 UTC) - join the next Data Use Working Group (DUWG) meeting, which will be an open session with ‘show and tell’ examples of IATI data use. Reach out to or anna.whitson@undp.orgif interested in sharing your IATI data use example. 


IATI Connect is a global community platform where practitioners can come together to discuss key aid transparency issues. It is a space where all members of the IATI community can exchange valuable resources and insight, and engage across borders and organisations. Follow IATI on Twitter or email us at