Standards and guidelines

The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT)’s methodological framework.

ICAT was launched after the Paris Agreement to provide policy makers with guidance on how to measure the effectiveness of national climate policies and report progress. The guidance aims to foster greater transparency, effectiveness, trust and ambition in climate policies worldwide. The initiative is made up of climate change experts and practitioners (including representation by Transparency International) who are developing a methodological framework that countries can use to measure, publicly report and evaluate the impacts of national climate actions. The framework includes 10 components (energy, agriculture, non-state action, transformational change, stakeholder participation, transport, forestry, sustainable development, finance and verification) which are under development and set to be piloted in 20 participating countries from 2018.

International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)’s Standard.

The IATI Standard is a framework to increase the transparency of how international aid money is spent. Over 500 organisations publish their aid data in the IATI Registry. The standardised data format allows for comparison of information between donors and projects, and the information required is more comprehensive than the OECD-DAC system, and includes projections as well as retrospective reporting. Most of the major bilateral climate finance donor countries report using the IATI Standard, as does the Adaptation Fund.

Open Contracting global principles.       

The Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) has facilitated a global consultation process to create a set of global principles that can serve as a guide for all of those seeking to advance open contracting around the world. The principles reflect norms and best practices from around the world related to disclosure and participation in public contracting. These collaborators contributed inputs from various sector-specific perspectives (such as service delivery, infrastructure, extractive industries and land). The OCP’s principles have been applied to climate finance in an assessment of the Green Climate Fund’s procurement policies and national studies of climate mitigation projects in Kenya and Mexico in a study (forthcoming) published by Transparency International and OCP.

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