Over on this thread we’re discussing the nature of the Commitment transaction, as it may have a couple of use cases
One of these is to express the total budget, as explained here:
The total budget for an activity should be reported as a commitment in the transaction element.
Meanwhile, in the Org standard, we have an element named
the organisation’s total annual planned budget for each of the next three years is reported.
When you read this, it’s not quite one expression for a total budget, as advice is to represent different years - it seems more like an “annual-budget”, perhaps.
Around the community of IATI publishers - particularly non-donors - I’ve observed some confusion around the concept of budgets, and total budgets (via transaction commitments). Given that the standard doesn’t explicitly provide a total-budget for an activity, do people see this as an issue? Is a new total-budget element an answer, or just clearer guidance?
Most importantly, do people need to see/use total budget data for activities?
Any thoughts welcome!