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


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 must occur at least once (within each parent element).



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 budget-line element.

   <recipient-org ref="AA-ABC-1234567">
    <narrative>Org Name</narrative>   
   <period-start iso-date="2014-01-01" />
   <period-end iso-date="2014-12-31" />
   <value currency="USD" value-date="2014-01-01">2500000</value>
   <budget-line ref="1234">
	<value currency="USD" value-date="2014-01-01">2000000</value>
	<narrative>Budget Line</narrative>
Note: The narrative element can be repeated for any language additional to the default language set in iati-organisation, by using the @xml:lang attribute. Example not shown.



The budget-line element was introduced in 2.01.

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