Transparency lies at the core of our accountability towards our staff, our funders, the general public and all those who benefit from and are affected by our work.
It refers to our openness and honesty in sharing information about our activities, our performance and learning as an organisation, our governance and decision making processes and our financial arrangements.
Transparency has both internal and external aspects. ODI’s trustees, management and staff need to be sure they will be informed in a timely way of important information that could affect their work.
If external stakeholders are to have confidence in us, they need to be sure that ODI will share timely, relevant information to enable them to make informed decisions about ODI and our work.
We will make information available in order to increase our transparency to our key stakeholders and to enhance our own effectiveness in achieving our mission.
We will model best practice to our partners to increase their own transparency. We will also support the collective effort among international development actors to improve coordination through provision of standardised information on our activities, for example through IATI.
Our IATI portal can be viewed here. This Open Information Policy sets out ODI’s approach to information sharing on the basis of a preference for openness unless there are valid reasons for withholding information (see the Exclusions section of this policy).
By adopting this approach, we enable our stakeholders to assess how we have made decisions, how we have managed our finances, how effective our programmes have been and how we learn from the challenges we face.?