“Be the data you want to see in the world”


  • Rolf Kleef
  • Martine Koopman


open data, aid transparency, IATI, information management, The Netherlands


The data revolution is not just about Big Data. Publishing open data about the activities of actors in international development is expected to increase aid effectiveness, and improve efficiency and accountability. The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) provides a technical standard for the exchange of data. That standard is gaining momentum, largely due to donors starting to require their grantees to publish data. As a result, hundreds of organizations are now learning how to represent themselves “as data”. We want to present experiences and insights from Dutch NGOs: the sometimes unexpected uses and benefits of such data, and the profound impacts it can have on all levels of an organization.