Access to information is a key component of UNESCO’s commitment to transparency and its accountability vis-à-vis stakeholders. UNESCO recognises that there is a positive correlation between a high level of transparency through information sharing and public participation in UNESCO-supported activities. UNESCO has now published opendata in the IATI format.
The UNESCO transparency portal has been designed to enable public access to information about the Organisation’s activities across sectors, countries and regions, accompanied by some details on budgetary and donor information. It’s a continuous work in progress, enabling users to access to as much quality data about UNESCO’s activities as possible, and it will be regularly updated and improved.
The UNESCO total budget for the 2014-2015 biennium is $1,055,397,000. This amount corresponds to the $653 million approved budget for the regular activities financed by Member States and an estimate of $402 million for extra-budgetary activities financed using voluntary contributions.
Based on the OIPA IATI data-engine, UNESCO’s portal is always up to date with the latest IATI data. As part of the work for UNESCO, Zimmerman & Zimmerman has extended and optimised the OIPA codebase. This has led to the extension of more data-aggregation features and an even more sustainable API model.