Defence for Children is committed to the principles of transparency and accountability. Defence for Children supports the idea of Open Data and complies with the standards stipulated by the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). By January 2016, Defence for Children will be IATI registered and publishing data in .XML format on a quarterly basis, according to the most recent IATI standard.
Defence for Children believes that by publishing about our work, we enhance our accountability to children, families, communities and the partners we work with as well as the funders and other supporters of our activities. Similarly, Defenc for Children believes that by publishing data, collaborations, synergies, networks and replications can be enhanced while duplication can be reduced.
This policy sets out which information will be published, either proactively or on request, how requests for information will be handled and explains exclusions that will be made and the rationale for them.
This policy is available on the website of Defence for Children and if necessary updated.
This Policy applies to information produced by Defence for Children. For information and documents produced by other Defence for Children or ECPAT sections and the International Secretariats, we refer to their own web pages and corresponding policies, if existent.
3. Associated Documents
The procedures and policies set out in this document should be read in conjunction with the following associated documents:
- Child Protection Policy
- Complaint Procedure
4. Information available to the public
Information concerning Defence for Children NL's programmes and operations are publicly available through IATI but also through the annual year reports for the organization.
The following information will be made available to the public, subject to the exclusions set out in section 5 below:
- Organization description: statutory provisions, annual reports, governance structure and board members.
- Activities: project name, description, funding source, total budget, disbursement and expenditure, proposals, intervention logic (logical frameworks, Theories of Change), summary budgets, final report, evaluation, external audits, for international projects directly funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and carried out by Defence for Children.
5. Public access
Information is published on the Defence for Children website, including a link to the IATI compatible .XML file. Additional information is available from Defence for Chidlren NL's publications.
Defence for Children will work with its partners and ensure that information needs of all stakeholders, including children and youth, are met, thus ensuring stakeholders' ability to hold DCI-ECPAT accountable.
6. Responding to requests
A request for information can be made by e-mailing to the Communications Department of Defence for Children: email@example.com.
A response to a request for information will be given within 10 working days of the request if possible.
The appropriate Programme Managers within Defence for Children are responsible for ensuring that requests for information from interested parties relating to their areas of work are addressed.
If a request is denied a justification will be given.
Defence for Children makes publically available all project/program data with the exception of those data that match the following exclusion criteria.
Defence for Children applies the principle of "Open, unless…". Information is excluded only if disclosure would:
1. Negatively affect children, their parents, families and/or their community;
2. Negatively affect the external relations of Defence for Children or of partner organizations with government(s) or other stakeholders;
3. Put the security and safety of persons and organizations at risk;
4. Jeopardize privacy of children, parents, families, staff, partners or other specific persons;
5. Harm the commercial or strategic interest of Defence for Children, partners, suppliers, back-donors or cooperating partners;
6. Breach data-protection or other laws and regulations; or
7. If the costs of producing information significantly outweigh any possible benefits from the public production of that information.
Information that does not meet basic quality requirements is excluded from publication as well, in order to safeguard the consistency of the data-sets. New data sets that are published are more complete or of better quality than earlier versions. Therefore new data will always replace the earlier version.