Audits and Investigations

The IAYG family is proud of its record as one of the world’s most transparent, efficient, and corruption-free multilateral institutions. To safeguard our tradition of transparency and integrity, the Offices for Accountability and Accessible Governance monitors and audits programmes and initiatives funded by the IAYG family, as well as operations conducted by contractors, to learn more about their missions and use of resources, providing redacted reports to the public. These efforts ensure efficient operation and expand public accountability.

At the same time, we take concerns over the use of resources or integrity in a programme, project, or initiative funded or conducted by the IAYG family, its partner networks, and its humanitarian ecosystem very seriously. We respond to any concern that is brought up. If a determination is made that it is necessary, the OAAG may authorize an investigation that looks into resource use and integrity within a project or programme.

External Investigations

As part of our credibility as a multilateral institution and voice for young people, the IAYG family is proud of its strong systems of governance, accountability, and safeguards against corruption. As part of all partnerships and contracts, we value credibility. Additionally, regular monitoring helps ensure the efficiency and integrity of operations across our humanitarian ecosystem. However, when breaches of these principles are suspected and IAYG family resources are misused by contractors, firms, and other external actors, we take immediate action.

How Investigations Begin

An investigation may be directly authorized by the President of the IAYG family, Regional Directorate, or programme bureau. As part of our commitment to public access and transparency, individuals can also report suspected misuses of IAYG family funds or resources for the IAYG family’s attention. Once such a report is made, the investigations desk of the Offices for Accountability and Accessible Governance assesses whether the complaint is credible enough to warrant an investigation. The Offices take any concern raised by the general public seriously. If the complaint is not anonymous, the OAAG may work with the individual filing the report to determine more information.

The Investigation Process

If these processes warrant an investigation, the Offices for Accountability and Accessible Governance will authorize an investigation into the concern. Investigations are always based on objective principles: whether a programme misused resources or violated fundamental IAYG family principles on resource use and public trust. Investigations in the IAYG family make decisions based on a preponderance of evidence. In other words, in an external investigation, the OAAG makes an assessment whether it is more likely that policies were violated, or whether it is not. Often, the concern is due to a minor policy violation, in which case the OAAG recommends changes to rectify the issue. If a more serious finding is the outcome of an investigations, OAAG may prescribe IAYG family sanctions and legal recommendations.

Information on Investigations

OAAG works to ensure that any investigations are usually completed within 4-6 months, except in unusual cases. Reports are then provided to IAYG family leadership and all institutional organizations whose work pertains to the investigation in question to take action and develop future recommendations to strengthen integrity processes. Additionally, within the DiTOD framework, all reports are available in redacted form to the public.

Internal Investigations

Internal investigations are exceedingly rare. Cases in which IAYG family employees or projects may have violated family policy or misused resources are the highest priority of the institution. As part of our credibility as a multilateral institution and voice for young people, the IAYG family is proud of its strong systems of governance, accountability, and safeguards against corruption. We take immediate action against any breaches of these principles.

How Investigations Begin

An investigation may be directly authorized by the President of the IAYG family, Regional Directorate, or programme bureau. As part of our commitment to public access and transparency, individuals can also report suspected misuses of IAYG family funds or resources for the IAYG family’s attention. Once such a report is made, the investigations desk of the Offices for Accountability and Accessible Governance assesses whether the complaint is credible enough to warrant an investigation. The Offices take any concern raised by the general public seriously. If the complaint is not anonymous, the OAAG may work with the individual filing the report to determine more information.

The Investigation Process

If these processes warrant an investigation, the Offices for Accountability and Accessible Governance will authorize an investigation into the concern. Investigations are always based on objective principles: whether a programme misused resources or violated fundamental IAYG family principles on resource use and public trust. In an internal investigation, the OAAG makes an assessment whether it is more likely that policies were violated, or whether it is not. Often, the concern is due to a minor policy violation, in which case the OAAG recommends changes to rectify the issue. If a more serious finding is the outcome of an investigations, OAAG may directly authorize personnel changes, charges, legal action, and/or further investigation.

Information on Investigations

OAAG works to ensure that any investigations are usually completed within 4-6 months, except in unusual cases. Reports are then provided to IAYG family leadership and all institutional organizations whose work pertains to the investigation in question to take action and develop future recommendations to strengthen integrity processes. Additionally, within the DiTOD framework, all reports are available in redacted form to the public.

Stay connected with us

An official website of the IAYG family  |  Here’s how you know  |  Return to homepage