UNDP Announces Portal on Development Efforts

3 December 2012

The United Nations  Development Programme Nov. 30 launched “a new online portal allowing users access to data on its work in 177 countries and territories, in an effort to fulfill its transparency commitments.”

Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, said open access will allow the public to monitor UNDP investments in poverty and sustainable human development for all, according to the press release.

Clark said the open access portal “enables the public to track aid and helps our partners manage their resources more effectively.” UNDP committed to aid transparency as part of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

The site, open.undp.org, includes programmatic information on activities, expenditures, income and results on 6,000 active UNDP projects, as well as projects that closed in 2011. Users can sort data based on focus areas, funding sources and locations.

 The United States financed the portal.

In 2013, UNDP will publish quarterly updates on ongoing project developments.

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