What is FTS?
FTS is a centralized source of curated, continuously updated, fully downloadable data and information on humanitarian funding flows. Government donors, UN-administered funds, UN agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian actors and partners exchange data and information with FTS in order to provide:
- visibility of their financial contributions to humanitarian activities
- a timely and continuously updated picture of funding flows between donors (government and private) and operational humanitarian actors (UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement, NGOs and CSOs)
- timely monitoring of funding progress against humanitarian response plan and appeal requirements.
Public and private organizations are welcome to report to FTS. Everyone is free to use the data and information, which is available through the API, the IATI registry, through the searchable database and presented in over 700 downloadable tables and charts on the FTS Beta platform and in a series of Excel and PDF files on its main website.
FTS collects, curates and publishes all data reported to it by designated focal points within organizations. This is known as 'total reported funding'. Some of this funding may contribute to collectively agreed objectives, activities and projects within humanitarian response plans (HRPs).
FTS has maintained an open, online database since 2000.
Who manages FTS?
FTS is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It was established in 1992 as a follow-up to UN General Assembly Resolution 46/182, Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian emergency assistance of the United Nations – a resolution that created a framework for humanitarian assistance and coordination, and which remains the basis of OCHA's mandate.
FTS is rooted in – and operates in support of – the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the humanitarian programme cycle (formerly consolidated appeal process (CAP)). FTS policies – such as reporting and criteria for what’s included as humanitarian aid – are collectively determined by the IASC.
The FTS team is part of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle Information Services Unit (HPC-IS), which is located within OCHA's Programme Support Branch (PSB), Geneva.
How does FTS work?
FTS, as part of the HPC-IS, is working within OCHA and the IASC Humanitarian Financing Task Team (HFTT) to review, redesign and align data policy, reporting policy, information systems, outputs and services. Current activities include:
- upgrading FTS’s underlying architecture and database as part of a project that seeks to better leverage information generated at different points of the HPC so that we can explain needs and how they are evolving; view agreed strategies, monitor response outputs and visualize progress towards objectives; track funding flows and how funding is being used; connect responders seeking funding with potential donors; anticipate and prepare for risks that may require future action; and access data in standard formats
- redeveloping the FTS website (currently available in Beta but not yet based on the new models above)
- reviewing the criteria for data inclusion
- developing a normative reporting framework
- developing guidelines for stakeholders wishing to use IATI v2.02 to exchange information with FTS
- consulting its stakeholders on the data they both need and can provide
- developing proposals about how to bridge identified gaps in FTS data and services, including NGOs, private sector, development actors and other data partners.
How to get involved
For any comments, questions or queries about FTS, or if you would like to get involved in our work and think we could help you in yours, please contact the Geneva-based FTS team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ways to participate include:
- reporting, sharing and helping us to continuously improve the data
- supporting our work to allow automated data exchange with your systems
- supporting the development and use of common standards, including IATI
- providing feedback as we pilot new features, functionality and services on this beta platform
- suggesting data collection, curation and publication partnerships.
You can also follow us and get in touch throughTwitter: @fts_beta.