This is the reference page for the XML element narrative.


The free text description of the reporting organisation’s own sector definition. 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.



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 sector element of a transaction.

The narrative element should be used specially when the 99 (Reporting Organisation) or 98 (Reporting Organisation 2) SectorVocabulary are declared.
<sector vocabulary="99" code="1">
        <narrative>Health Sector</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 sector element was added to transaction in 2.01

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