ILO joins the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)

Making information about aid spending easier to access, use and compare, to promote more effective partnerships.

News | 12 October 2012
At the beginning of October 2012, the ILO became a signatory to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

IATI was launched in Accra, Ghana, in September 2008, with the aim of making information about aid spending easier to find, use and compare. The IATI standard was agreed in February 2011. The adoption of this standard is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that has brought together an increasing number of donor countries, developing country governments, non-governmental organizations, United Nations programmes and funds, and experts in aid information.

Within the UN system, the ILO is among the first UN agencies to become a signatory to the initiative. The ILO is committed to transparency and shares the idea that a common, open, international standard for publishing more and better information about aid will help track what contributions are used for and what they are achieving, and help constituents manage aid and develop plans more effectively.

A task team is working to develop the implementation plan for the ILO, and to publish a portal on the ILO website that will contain information about all projects funded through voluntary contributions, according to the IATI standard.

This development follows the ILO's adherence to International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder stated: “The ILO is fully committed to transparency and accountability in our relations with development partners, governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations and the general public.”