This is the reference page for the XML element narrative. See also the relevant overview page: Transaction


The free text name or description of the item being described. This can be repeated in multiple languages.


The text in this element must be of type xsd:string.

This element may occur any number of times.



ISO 639-1 code specifying the language of text in this element. If a default language is specified in the iati-activity element it does not have to be repeated here.

This value should be on the Language codelist.

Example Usage

The narrative child element can be used to declare freetext for the recipient-region element.

Note: Both the recipient-region and recipient-country elements still allow both a @code and descriptive text to be specified. This is to cover the isolated cases where the organisation publishing the data may not agree with name of a country or region given by the lookup codelists IATI uses. Example not shown.
The narrative element can be repeated for any language additional to the default language set in iati-activity, by using the @xml:lang attribute. Example not shown.



The recipient-country element was introduced in 2.01.

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