This is the reference page for the XML element narrative.


The description of the code specified.


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

This element may occur any number of times.



A code specifying the language of text in this element. It is recommended that wherever possible only codes from ISO 639-1 are used. If not present, the default language is assumed.

This value should be on the Language codelist.

Example Usage

The narrative child element can be used to declare freetext for the humanitarian-scope element.

The narrative element should be used only when the 99 (Reporting Organisation) HumanitarianScopeVocabulary is declared.
<humanitarian-scope type="1" vocabulary="99" vocabulary-uri="" code="5">
  <narrative>Nepal Earthquake (April 2015)</narrative>
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 humanitarian-scope and narrative elements were introduced in 2.02.

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