UNDP financial data now available online24 November, 2011
|By Allison Orr|
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a new data portal, UNDP Open Data, allowing access to financial data on development activities for the most recent fiscal period. Over the next 12 months there are plans to include further data to track income and expenditure by focus areas.
The portal will allow people to track aid funds and can help governments in developing countries to manage aid more effectively. The portal will bring increased transparency and accountability to the contributions they receive, says Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. "Accountability ensures we can be more effective in our work to make a real difference in people’s lives – from fighting poverty and boosting democratic space, to working with governments on their plans for sustainable and just societies."
In 2008 development organisations agreed to publicly disclose regular, detailed and timely aid information to increase accountability and effectiveness. This portal will help ensure this goal. Expenditure is published in the format of the International Aid Transparency Initiative, a global voluntary standard.