UNDP, Global Fund sign transparency agreement
New York - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis, & Malaria recently signed an agreement setting out terms for cooperation and sharing of information regarding investigations.
The accord, signed by UNDP Director of Audit and Investigations Egbert Kaltenbach and by Global Fund Inspector General John Parsons, will further expand UNDP and Global Fund efforts to maximize cooperation and strengthen oversight with the aim of eliminating fraud and corruption.
The new oversight agreement complements a series of other recent steps by UNDP to increase transparency of finance and program information in all areas of its work.
Data on UNDP activities for FY 2010 are now universally accessible through a new online portal, which also contains information on UNDP-administered multi-donor trust funds. Additional information, including details on income and expenditure by focus area, will be added to the public Website over the next 12 months.
Publishing open data allows people to track aid and helps governments in developing countries manage aid more effectively.
U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week lauded UNDP for taking steps to ensure greater public scrutiny of its spending, calling it an "important step."
UNDP and the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis, & Malaria have, further, have just approved arrangements granting the Global Fund the same access to UNDP audit reports previously provided only to UN Member States.
UNDP is testing a secure Web portal for this purpose that will be fully operational in the near future.
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