As part of UNCDF’s strategy to strengthen the accountability framework for the Organization and to provide opportunities for bringing to light any misconduct, wrongdoing by any individuals working for or doing business with UNCDF, the Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) at UNDP has established an Investigations Hotline and other measures to ensure that persons wishing to report fraud may do so, free of charge, using a number of different options.
UNCDF subscribes to the UNDP’s Accountability & Oversight Policy and complies with the UNDP Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures, which provides a framework for results and risk-based performance management, with particular emphasis on the values and culture of accountability and transparency.
The policy encompasses mechanisms for independent internal and external oversight of UNCDF, designed to provide assurances to the Executive Board that functional systems of internal controls are in place, that policy frameworks are appropriate, that resources are utilized effectively, and that professional and ethical standards are upheld.
Additional mechanisms to ensure transparency and accountability include UNCDF's Information Disclosure Policy, and its adherence to UNDP's Anti-Fraud Policy, including efforts to facilitate reporting via UNDP's Anti-Fraud Hotline.
Along with the rest of the UN system, in 2010 UNCDF began to report its finances according to the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, further increasing its transparency and accountability.
Jointly prepared by the Bureau of Management, the Office of Audit and Investigations and the Ethics Office at UNDP, this updated UNDP Anti-Fraud Policy (which supersedes the previous policy statement codified since 2005), reaffirms that UNCDF adopts a zero tolerance policy against frauds and other corrupt practices that are inconsistent with the UN Standard of Conduct or involve a loss to UNCDF funds.
This Anti-Fraud Policy applies to all activities and operations of UNCDF. It covers any project funded by UNCDF, any project implemented by UNCDF, and any implementing partner. It covers fraud or allegations of frauds involving UNCDF staff members and its personnel, including but not limited to consultants, service contract holders (SCs), individual contractors (ICs) , interns, and United Nations volunteers (UNVs) as well as frauds perpetrated against UNCDF by contractors, suppliers of goods and services, implementing partners, or other third parties.
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