New GLIDE number source available

GLIDE numbers are the identifiers for humanitarian crises used UN agencies, IFRC, and many other partners. Because multiple organisations can create GLIDEs independently, there is often confusion over which ones to choose for best interoperability.

The UN’s humanitarian office (OCHA) is now publishing a live list of the subset of GLIDE numbers it uses for information management and financial tracking:

(Direct CSV download:

This list is available online independently of any outages at the main site, and we encourage IATI reporters to use these codes (when available) with the humanitarian-scope element for their humanitarian activities.


Great! This is fantastic work, thanks @David_Megginson!

I’ve only glanced at this, but this looks to me like it’s a subset… The CSV on has 1,000 rows; the source on has ~6,500. Can you explain the relationship between the two lists?

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Absolutely, Andy. This is a curated subset based on two criteria:

  1. Only the GLIDEs that the UN actually uses (ReliefWeb, FTS, etc)
  2. Only the most-recent 1,000 (which takes us back about 7-8 years).

Because GLIDEs are semi-crowdsourced with a closed group of contributors, the full database ends up with duplicates, different levels of detail (e.g. one national crisis split up into multiple subnational), etc.

This isn’t meant as a replacement for, but it will cover all of the major crises over the past few years, and will also help ensure that any GLIDEs you use in your IATI reporting will be the same ones UNOCHA (and partners) are using.

We still hope that will become more stable soon. It remains the official source of all GLIDEs.



This is a really great resource @David_Megginson and it is really useful to have the country codes in the dataset in order to use the data with other IATI (and other sources) elements. @ximboden how easy (or not?) would it be to provide a CSV download for the HRP codes at and also include the ISO 2 char and 3 char country codes?