The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has a long-standing commitment to transparency, with UNDP country offices publishing financial, procurement and programme information on respective websites for more than four years. UNDP has developed and published an Information Disclosure Policy that makes clear our commitment to making information about our programmes and operations available to the public. The organisation has also devoted considerable resources to adopting the International Public Sector Accounting Standards which are a significant step towards further enhancing UNDP’s transparency and accountability.
UNDP implemented the transparency standard adopted by the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) in a phased and cost-effective approach to provide better quality information to our partners and the public on UNDP's development work. The organisation published the full IATI data set at open.undp.org in 2012 and will move to automated reporting in 2013.
Moreover, as a member of the IATI Secretariat, UNDP has led outreach efforts with partner countries and UN agencies to champion the new aid transparency standard and make it relevant for national development planning, public financial management, mutual accountability and other processes at country level.
UNDP, as administrative agent of multi-partner trust funds and programmes, also publishes continuously updated data on financial flows, including reports and documents, through the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office as part of its commitment to transparent and accountable fund administration.
UNDP's performance in aid effectiveness surveys
Performance effectiveness, accountability and transparency are critical ingredients to trusted development partnerships. UNDP has made itself readily available to outside scrutiny through the assessment tools of its partner constituencies.
The United Kingdom's Department for International Development completed a multilateral aid review on the 1st of March, 2011, that rated UNDP as satisfactory in the two key criteria. The complete results of the Multilateral Aid Review, including comments from UNDP are available here.
In the most recent evaluation of UNDP in the Global Accountability Report, was awarded the top accountability score among 30 transnational actors surveyed.
Additional reviews and evaluations of UNDP by other partners are continuing with the shared goal of increasing aid effectiveness.
Taken together, the various assessments of UNDP demonstrate the organisation’s ambition to continuously enhance its efficiency, effectiveness, accountability and transparency.