In December 2009, Michael Roberts of Groupsia International was asked to collaborate on a project called The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI): a new initiative of the international development community aimed at making information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand, particularly for those in developing countries. Working alongside an international multi-stakeholder technical advisory group lead by members of the OECD-DAC, the project’s objective is to build an online database based on existing international standards and definitions.
In collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Groupsia has been working since December 2008 to strengthen the Cambodia Development Research Forum’s (CDRF) online communication strategy. Following the recommendations put forward during IDRC’s first ever all-partners meeting in Cambodia in September 2007, Groupsia was called upon to develop an accelerated ICT platform to help the Cambodia research community manage information and communicate with one another, as well as the broader development community.
In December 2008, Groupsia was appointed by the Global Knowledge Partnership’s (GKP) Executive Committee to lead a small task force in conducting a consultative evaluation and visioning process for the future and role of this international organization.