To understand the progress of an activity, I need an explanation. Whether the results are achieved or not is not enough for me; I need an analytical text on why progress is the way it is.

It is possible to include narrative information in the description elements of an IATI data set. IATI distinguishes three types of description.

Furthermore it is possible to include documents relating to the activity, including project proposal, Theory of Change, reports, project updates etc. via a document link. Also pictures, videos and other digital material can be included this way. This is done via a so-called “document link”, basically an URL that creates a link to the document, photo or other digital material.

Important: If a thematic department or Embassy wants to be sure that this type of information is included in the IATI dataset, it is recommended to include this in the contract under ‘additional reporting’.