Transparency  refers to a process by which reliable, timely information about existing conditions, decisions and actions relating to the activities of the organization is made accessible, visible and understandable. (source: UNDP Accountability Framework (PDF))

UNDP has a long-standing commitment to transparency, with Country Offices publishing financial, procurement and programme information on respective websites on an annual basis. 

In 2013 UNDP moved from once-a-year to quarterly publication of project information.

Transparency portal

This online portal allows open, comprehensive public access to data on more than 6,000 active UNDP projects, along with more than 8,000 outputs or results.

In 2013, UNDP enhanced the portal to better show country-level and donor views of our work (watch this video).  Publish What You Fund’s Aid Transparency Index recognized this accomplishment, along with our corporate efforts toward enhancing transparency by ranking UNDP fourth overall out of 67 major institutions evaluated worldwide in 2013.

Transparency leadership

A member of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) since its creation in 2008, 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. More than 100 UN agencies, multilateral banks, bilateral donors and NGOs providing 76 percent of aid publish data in line with IATI guidelines.

Beginning in September 2013, a multi-stakeholder consortium led by UNDP has taken over the role carried out since 2009 by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to host the Initiative's secretariat for a three year period.

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.

A Multilateral Aid Review (PDF) conducted by DFID in March 1, 2011, rated UNDP as good value for money.

In the most recent evaluation of the Global Accountability Report, UNDP 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 organization’s ambition to continuously enhance its efficiency, effectiveness, accountability and transparency.

Income and expenditures

Development is a long-term challenge that requires both strategic focus, and the ability to actively respond to crises and opportunities. In a changing development environment, UNDP is working towards diversification and consolidation of its resource base.

Information Disclosure Policy

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 organization has also devoted considerable resources to adopting the International Public Sector Accounting  Standards (IPSAS) which are a significant step towards further enhancing UNDP’s transparency and accountability.

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office

UNDP administers 55 multi-partner trust funds that foster more effective UN coordination. By encouraging UN organizations to work together, the funds streamline the management of resources, reducing costs for donors and beneficiaries. They encourage a unified focus on common priorities, countries or strategies such as Delivering as One.

Open data

The enhanced portal shows country-level and donor views of our work.

Strategic Plan 2014-17

Helping countries achieve eradication of poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion.

UNDP Open Data

This online portal allows open, comprehensive public access to data on more than 6,000 active UNDP projects, along with more than 8,000 outputs or results.

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UNDP is committed to independent and objective oversight to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its operations.

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Transparency Initiatives