In accordance with the Grand Bargain commitments to ever greater transparency, UNRWA has now joined the community of publishers in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).


What is IATI?

The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) works to ensure that transparent, good quality information on development resources and humanitarian assistance is available and used to help achieve sustainable development outcomes.

Our work involves making development and humanitarian data easier to access, use and understand. Organisations publish information according to the rules and guidance set out in the IATI Standard and this data is freely available and open to anyone in the world.

Over 900 organisations, from donor governments to multilateral agencies, foundations, NGOs and private sector organisations, now publish IATI data on over one million activities.  For 2018, Just under US$152 billion of disbursements and expenditure was reported (source: IATI Annual Report 2018 of the IATI Governing Board).


How does UNRWA publish IATI data?

Information from UNRWA’s internal systems is translated into the IATI open data standard and published using UNRWA’s IATI identifier: XM-DAC-41130.  UNRWA activities are reported across all fields of operation. The published financial information includes budget, contributions, and expenditure.

Useful links
Learn more about the International Aid Transparency Initiative


View the data published by UNRWA on the IATI humanitarian data portal or through the development portal.    


Who can I contact?

Queries on IATI publishing or issues related to transparency can be sent to [email protected].


What data is UNRWA publishing?

The data that have been published relates to the three main funding portals that UNRWA manages:

  • the programme budget supporting the core programmes and operations in line with UNRWA’s mandate to support Palestine refugees;
  • the Emergency Appeals to support Palestine refugees during the protracted crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories and the ongoing crisis in Syria and the resulting impact on neighbouring countries; and
  • Projects that focus on investments to help ensure that the Agency can continue to support the needs of Palestine refugees.

The data is also disaggregated by the five territories (Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria) in which UNRWA operates as well as for headquarters.


UNRWA’s articulation of the IATI model

The core reporting dimension in IATI is an “activity”. UNRWA has opted to articulate the activity model across two levels:

  • Funding portal, as above, reflects the overall purpose of the funds in supporting UNRWA’s core programmes, the two Emergency Appeals or Projects (as above).  Unearmarked donor income is received and managed at this level.

Operational activities provide the most granular information available through UNRWA’s IATI model. The information reflects the activities undertaken to support Palestine refugees through the Core Programmes and Emergency Appeals, as well as individual projects that are funded by donors.  Separate activities are provided in IATI for each of UNRWA’s five fields of operations as well as for the headquarters.  This data includes the activity title, status, dates, relevant sector mappings, budget and expendi