Transparency and Accountability

IDLO believes that access to timely, comparable and comprehensive data leads to better decision-making, which in turn leads to greater effectiveness. This is why developing an improved framework for transparency and accountability has become a strategic priority for IDLO.

As part of this effort, IDLO seeks to establish greater trust between its donors and the communities and individuals with whom it works. IDLO recognizes it has a responsibility to demonstrate to the public that its operations are not only consistent with its values, but that its resources are used in an efficient, accountable and transparent manner. 

Honest reporting of resources and achievements positively impacts the effectiveness of IDLO’s work. More broadly, transparency is a key factor in development and a thriving democracy.

International Aid Transparency Initiative 

In 2016, IDLO joined the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid, development, and humanitarian resources. IDLO’s programmatic financial data is made public in the IATI registry.

Strategic Plan

IDLO's Strategic Plan for 2013 – 2016 is based on wide-ranging consultations with 600 stakeholders from 50 countries.  The Plan sets the direction of IDLO’s work and guides the Organization's development and resource mobilization.

Management Plan

As IDLO’s programs and visibility grow, we acknowledge the importance of accountability for our impact – to stakeholders on the ground as well as to our donors and governance bodies. Our 2016 Plan prioritizes accountability and transparency through improved program monitoring, impact assessment and learning in our programs, and reforms in our organizational and financial management – underpinned by stronger engagement with Member Parties.


IDLO promotes transparency and accountability both externally and through its internal policies.  IDLO’s Anti-Corruption and Anti-Fraud Policy and its Whistleblower and Anti-Retaliation Policy are aimed at promoting good governance, ethical conduct, and identifying and preventing waste, fraud, and abuse.


IDLO’s fourth and final (approved) Budget under the 2013 – 2016 Strategic Plan seeks to allocate funds for the implementation of the goals, objectives and activities identified in the 2016 Management Plan. 


IDLO receives voluntary contributions both for its specific projects and for its general operations. Support is provided by a variety of donors, including states and multilateral organizations, private foundations, corporations and individuals. Unlike most intergovernmental organizations, IDLO does not obligate its Member Parties to make annual contributions. While this facilitates membership by the poorest countries, it does mean the Organization must work hard to raise funding for basic institutional development and management functions unrelated to assistance programs. This funding comes in the form of unrestricted grants.
Financial Statements available for download below