This plenary session opened the Virtual Community Exchange, providing an inspirational and informative foundation for the initial meeting of the global IATI community, with attendees from government, civil society, the private sector, academia and others. Theo van de Sande, IATI Governing Board Chair (Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs) provided opening remarks and Jenna Slotin, Senior Director for Policy and Strategy at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and Cheri Leigh-Erasmus, Global Director of Learning at Accountability Lab, provided keynote remarks about the state of transparency and open data in the era of the SDGs and COVID-19. The session also featured a panel discussion with diverse IATI stakeholders from USAID, UNOCHA and the Association of Freelance Journalists, outlining the importance of the community for meeting IATI’s key goals and sharing ambitions for 2021 and beyond.
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