About RVO open data

Visualises the open data on official development aid (ODA) projects and programmes. executed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) and commissioned and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

Also other programmes with development aid relevance. The information relates to projects that were either active on or started after January 2015. The data is published according to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard and made accessible through a web interface. Additional non-IATI data on projects – such as reports, photos and videos - is added regularly. By publishing this data on a website, it is transparent which projects are being carried out for a country, sector or programme. It also makes it possible to see when, where and by whom projects are being carried out and how much money is being spent. In 2016, data   on results of projects are added increasingly. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency publishes and updates its datasets at least every quarter. Information on projects is updated in real-time. The policy is that all project information should be published unless there is a clear reason for not doing so.

Why is open data important?
Transparency of development aid enhances the effectiveness and quality of development aid. Politicians, civil society, the media and the public get a better insight into how public money is spent. Additionally, open data can be used as a communication tool, monitoring & evaluation tool, information and knowledge management system and create track records. Finally, the visualisation of data will also alter the way the Netherlands Enterprise Agency reports to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands on goals and results of programmes and projects.

Data quality
Data quality is one of the major challenges   for being transparent. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency values the quality and consistency of its open data. Therefore, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency only publishes only project data that meet the quality requirements. We believe that open data is not about the publication of comprehensive data. It is about perfecting data regarding its projects. As the culture of open data and transparency becomes embedded into the organisation, the quality and application of data will continue to improve. The financial data in this portal does not automatically synchronise with the finance & control accounting system of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. This system is always leading and more accurate.
Despite all efforts, it is very well possible that errors or imperfections are noticed in our data files. If so, do not hesitate to let us know via iati@rvo.nl.

Exclusion policy on data
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency embraces the principle ‘Open, unless...’
Project information is only excluded from publication to IATI if it falls in one of the following categories:

  • Information disclosure affects relations between business partner/organisation and government or NGOs;
  • Detailed specific information affects the safety and security of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency staff, business partner staff or beneficiaries;
  • Specific personal information of individual staff and business partners (e.g. addresses);
  • Commercial sensitive information;
  • Information that is exempt under data protection laws or by pre-existing organisational policies.

These categories further elaborated and defined:

  1. General principles for exclusion

External relations

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency does not publish data that might harm the relationship with any partners. Business partners are informed upfront about our policies for publishing project data and may request exclusion, based on the principles in this exclusion policy. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency is, at all times, the final decision-maker for the exclusion of data.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency does not publish data of which it can reasonably be expected that it might pose a risk to the safety or security of any individuals, business partners, groups of beneficiaries, partner organisations or suppliers.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency does not publish any project information that is traceable to an individual and can reasonably be judged as an invasion of privacy of that person without prior permission of the person involved. Under the General Data Protection Regulation of the EU, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency handles personal data with the utmost care and only uses the data to process the particular activity for which you supplied your details. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency does not retain your data longer than necessary. Consult the Privacy Statement for additional information.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency does not publish data that might harm the commercial or strategic interests of the organisation, its business partners, or its suppliers. This does only account if the information is not publicly available in any other way either.   Information about the conditions and (re)payments of loans, investments and guarantees is part of this exclusion and will therefore not be published.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency does not publish data if we do not have the right to publish the data. For example, if third parties have a copyright on certain information or if contractual agreements with other business partner organisations impede the agencies’ right to publish the data.

Social impact
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency does not publish data that may harm its social impact in general or the related project in particular.

  1. Decision-making on excluding data

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency is always, the final decision-maker for the exclusion of project data. Since in principle, all data is published, the responsibility for excluding information is at the level where this information can be assessed in detail (project level).

  1. Review of exclusion policy and quality of data

The international development department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency will review all data excluded from disclosure on an annual basis. On the one hand, it will be reviewed whether data are rightly excluded, on the other hand, it will be reviewed whether the exclusion policy is still valid and does not restrict disclosure of data too much. The exclusion policy will be reviewed and if necessary, adjusted on an annual basis.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency is transparent about the exclusion policy. This policy is, therefore, published on this portal.