Tools and training around development data

The Open Development Toolkit is a centralised hub around open development, bringing together tools and training materials with the aim of promoting use and re-use of online tools which make development data available. To begin with, the Toolkit will focus primarily on aid data, but we hope to move on to other areas of development data in the future.

Get started: what would you like to do?

I want to build a tool to make my organisation's data available
Check out the Tools Developer Resources page.

I'd like to dive into development data
Browse our curated Tools list, and have a look at our (growing) training materials and resources for data users.

I'm wondering - what is open development, anyway?
Learn more about open development with our resources for newcomers, and perhaps scrolling through the blog will give you a good idea, too!

I work in international development - what can I do to incorporate open development practices into my work?
Get inspired by our recommended resources for development practitioners.

I work in Open Development, too!
Tell us what you're working on, and collaborate with the community! We welcome blog post contributions, and you can join the online Community to make it easy for others to get in touch with you. If you'd like to join the online community - either as an individual, or with an organisational affiliation - fill in your details via this form.

Any questions at all, or if you'd like to contribute a blog post, drop Zara Rahman, Project Lead, an email on zara[at]

blog | exploring Why would journalists need aid data, anyway?

Why would journalists need aid data, anyway?

In what kinds of stories might journalists make use of data on Official Development Assistance, where do they go to find it, and how do they present it online?

blog | exploring Comparing IATI data with the CRS: how did we do it?

Comparing IATI data with the CRS: how did we do it?

A quick guide outlining how DI's analysts recently dived into IATI data, so you can go exploring, too!

blog | exploring What IATI data tells us about DFID’s global malaria spending

What IATI data tells us about DFID’s global malaria spending

The third in a series looking into what conclusions can be drawn from comparisons between IATI data, and data from OECD Creditor Reporting System; this time, focusing on malaria spending by the UK's DFID.

blog | exploring What IATI data tell us about DFID education aid to Nigeria

What IATI data tell us about DFID education aid to Nigeria

The second in a series of blog posts looking into the differences between IATI data and data from the OECD Creditor Reporter System - this time, it's Nigeria's turn.

blog | opinion Open development: fiction or opportunity?

Open development: fiction or opportunity?

Is Italian development aid ready to embrace "open development"? It all depends how you understand the potentially tricky term...

blog | exploring What IATI data tells us about DFID aid to Bangladesh

What IATI data tells us about DFID aid to Bangladesh

What can we learn by comparing data from the OECD Creditor Reporter System, and data on the same topic from the International Aid Transparency Initiative?

blog | toolkit update Making online learning materials engaging

We've been exploring how to present our training materials online in an engaging way - here are some things we've learned so far.

blog | opinion The sparks for igniting the data revolution

The sparks for igniting the data revolution

Kenneth Okwaroh from Development Initiatives – Africa Hub explores the sparks needed to ignite and drive momentum towards rapid realisation of the data revolution in a post 2015 framework

blog | projects IATI global overview Launch of

Launch of

Christian Kreutz, the person behind the new platform, explains what it is, and why he made it.

blog | projects See more, do better

See more, do better

As the world of development actors continues to grow and expand, it is more important than ever to make aid smarter. One way to help improve aid is through data sharing, but in the midst of a data revolution, how does one make sense of it all?

blog | toolkit update Introducing the new Open Development Toolkit site!

We're very happy to launch today a new website for the Open Development Toolkit, which which includes a number of new features to help people make use of, and contribute to, the project. Here's a quick run through of the new features - we hope you like it!

blog | opinion When an aid project goes wrong, who is responsible?

When an aid project goes wrong, who is responsible?

With whom does the accountability when global development projects have adverse effects on the communities they are intended to help? A look into examples of when global development projects have gone wrong, and the consequences; despite transparency and accountability initiatives, people suffering from the unintended negative effects of the projects have almost zero opportunities for compensation.

case studies | using data wrangling understanding Case Study: Steve Kenei, Technical Analyst at Development Initiatives in Nairobi, Kenya

Steve is the only Technical Lead working at the Development Initiatives office in Nairobi, Kenya; we spoke via Skype on April 10th, 2014.

blog | open development news Open Development round up - March 2014

Open Development round up - March 2014

What's been going on in the world of Open Development over the past couple of weeks? Here's a short summary of some of our favourite articles, projects and posts.

blog | exploring The effect of human rights abuses on aid policy decisions

The effect of human rights abuses on aid policy decisions

Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni, recently signed a bill that imposes harsh penalities for "homosexual offences", using the terms "mercenaries" and "prostitutes" to describe gay people. His homophobic comments, as well as those from his cabinet, have been met with international contempt, with Barack Obama warning that US-Uganda ties may be damaged, Norway announcing that they will be withholding $8m in development aid, Denmark diverting $9m away from the government towards private sector initiatives, aid agencies and rights organisations, and the Netherlands also announcing that they will be witholding aid.

blog | toolkit update Open Development Toolkit - February update

Open Development Toolkit - February update

We've been hard at work consolidating notes from the IATI TAG, speaking to many of you within the open development community, and as a result, and we have some plans for the next couple of months that we wanted to share, including the new Online IATI tools page!

blog | reviews World Humanitarian Data and Trends, 2013 report

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) recently released a new report, “World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2013”. The report highlights the limits of the data included from the very beginning, but despite this, there are some interesting conclusions and points mentioned throughout.

blog | exploring Visualising IATI data for technical newbies

This blog, written by Josje Spierings, first appeared on Open for Change's blog last August; many of the tools mentioned here are still relevant, and we like it as an introduction to the wide variety of IATI tools out there!

blog | data ethics The Day We Fight Back; the role of mass surveillance in humanitarian crises

The Day We Fight Back; the role of mass surveillance in humanitarian crises

Today, February 11th, is The Day We Fight Back; a global online and offline protest against mass surveillance. It has been organised primarily as a protest against NSA surveillance - so, you might wonder, what does that have to do with Open Development data?

blog | events Open Data for Development Challenge 2014

Open Data for Development Challenge 2014

Last Monday and Tuesday saw a group of developers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and NGO workers come together in Montréal for the Open Data for Development Challenge, hosted by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). The event centred around a 36 hour "codathon" around various technical challenges, as well as a series of panel discussions.