Community Guidelines

Community Guidelines

IATI Connect and the Communities of Practice are designed for and by the wider IATI community. All users of IATI Connect, including anonymous visitors, must comply with the Community Guidelines set out below. Accordingly, by accessing and engaging with IATI Connect and its Communities, you accept and agree to abide by these Community Guidelines. If users consistently ignore the Guidelines, the site manager can delete the profile of the user including all of their content. 

General Rules:

Users must not:

  • Use IATI Connect to send offensive, discriminatory or harassing material;  
  • Publish defamatory and/or knowingly false material about any person, other users or entities;
  • Reveal confidential information in a personal online posting, upload or transmission - including financial information and information relating to customers, business plans, policies, staff and/or internal discussions relating to any entity;
  • Undertake deliberate activities that undermine the purpose of IATI Connect or the Communities of Practice;
  • Introduce any form of malicious software into the community;

Your Contributions (any content created by the user on the IATI Connect platform):

  • Must not plagiarise or violate copyright, database, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal or proprietary rights of any kind. Therefore, users will generally need the explicit permission from copyright owners of any existing articles, news reports, music, video clips or other copyrighted material before posting them to the website.
  • Must not contain unlawful, objectionable, disruptive, offensive, harassing, threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive, abusive, hateful, inflammatory, profane, racially offensive, sexually offensive, or religiously offensive content. Please be respectful and civil to other members, even if you disagree with them. Debates should be productive and founded on constructive criticism.
  • Must address IATI-related topics. Contributions must not contain unsuitable or irrelevant website addresses or URLs. Links to pornography, commercials or other inappropriate content will be deleted.
  • Must not promote illegal behaviour. Contributions must not contain violent or sexually explicit material or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) terrorist acts, copyright infringement or computer misuse.
  • Must not misrepresent their origins. Contributions and/or user names may not be used to impersonate any other person, to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person, or to give the impression that they emanate from IATI when is not the case.
  • Must not involve any flooding, spamming or advertising. Flooding is when the same comment is posted over and over in the same forum; spamming is the posting of the same comment (or very similar) to more than one forum. All advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, junk mail and any other forms of commercial solicitation are prohibited.
  • Are all public and may appear in public search results. Accordingly, users should not post personal details or information that should not be publicly available.

Users who violate these rules and contribution guidelines will be sent a warning message by the IATI Connect site-manager, identifying the issue at stake and notifying them of its removal. Users who repeat offences after receiving warnings will be banned from the platform.

If you reasonably believe that any contribution to the platform made by another user contravenes this Code of Conduct and/or any of the Website Terms, please notify us using

The IATI Connect support team will periodically revise the Code of Conduct from time to time by amending this page. Please visit this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes made as they are legally binding.

This is a public and open platform, it is freely accessible to anyone with internet-access. The information you post here is public and may appear in search results. Therefore you should not post personal details or information you do not want to be disclosed publicly.