Transparency and accountability


UNICEF has been pursuing a series of measures to support its commitment to greater transparency and accountability with regard to reporting on both success and challenges against development and humanitarian results and on expenditures.  It is envisaged that these efforts will not only make information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand but further support on-going efforts to make the agency more efficient, responsive, collaborative and better able to deliver on its commitments to children and to the principle of transparency.

UNICEF has developed and published an Information Disclosure Policy that makes explicit the commitment to making information about programmes and operations available to the public. Similarly, UNICEF now also has in place a policy for full public disclosure of all its internal audit reports issued after 30 September 2012 and annual programme results reports.

In addition, UNICEF, in March 2012 became the 29th signatory to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), which commits the organization to publicly disclose its information on aid spending and make it easier for taxpayers in donor countries, children and other stakeholders in programme countries to find, use and compare the data.

Further to this, UNICEF prepared an ambitious IATI Implementation Schedule and met the December 2012 commitment for its submission and subsequent uploading to the OECD website.  The first major milestone was the requirement for UNICEF to publish details of our financial and performance information via a standard format on a public website.  This was achieved in June 2013 with online publishing of data that meets the IATI standard and regular updates are planned. This allows users to take the information and analyze it as they wish, combining and comparing it with data from other organizations which have implemented IATI standards.

2013 Aid Transparency Index

The 2013 Aid Transparency Index was released on 24th October 2013 and it cites UNICEF as one of the organizations that have made significant improvements: 

 “Several governments and organisations, including Canada, GAVI, Germany, UNDP, UNICEF and the U.S. Treasury have made big improvements this year, by publishing more information in accessible and comparable formats. They have effectively leapfrogged others that have not made any significant changes to the amount of information they publish, or publish in less useful formats such as websites or PDFs.” Dr David Hall-Matthews, Managing Director of Publish What You Fund"

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