International Development Law Organization

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 2017 – 2020 (Strategy 2020) outlines the direction the we will take and changes we envisage over the next four years. IDLO engaged in wide-ranging consultations to inform its new Strategy 2020 by listening to the views of our stakeholders and partners, and consulting widely with the broader community working in the field of rule of law and access to justice. The Plan sets the direction of IDLO’s work and guides the Organization's development and resource mobilization.

Management Plan

The 2019 Management Plan (MP 2019) will implement the third year of IDLO’s Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2020 (Strategy 2020). MP2019 provides a blueprint for well-planned growth and institutional development. The Plan describes the thematic and geographic areas of work, including opportunities for innovation and scaling up of programs, policy advocacy, research and learning. It also sets out the objectives for continued institutional improvements to consolidate growth, put IDLO on a firm financial footing and establish its reputation as a leader in its sector.

2019    2018


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


Prohibition of Sexual Harassment Policy    Personal Data Protection Policy


IDLO’s budget for 2019, the third year of the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan (Strategy 2020), seeks to allocate funds for the implementation of the goals, objectives and activities identified in the 2019 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