Accountability is the obligation to (i) demonstrate that work has been conducted in accordance with agreed rules and standards and (ii) reported fairly and accurately on performance results vis-à-vis mandated roles and/or plans.

MPi is committed to independent and objective internal oversight to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its operations.

Audit & Investigations

The Senate conducts internal audits, related advisory services and investigation services. The Senate also has a unit dedicated to Social and Legal Compliance.


The Senate is the conducting independent, confidential, impartial, and professional resource for all MPi staff and personnel, everywhere. We promote an organizational culture that places the highest value on professionalism, integrity, accountability, transparency, results orientation, and mutual respect. Our mission is to assist all our personnel to perform to the highest standards of integrity required by the Statute of the Institute.


The Institute has committed to transparency, with our Head Office publishing financial, procurement and programme information on our website on a regular basis.

Policies and Procedures

Operational standards and procedural guidance that MPi has adopted as its core business processes, are detailed in the Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures (POPP) of United Nations, this being a platform that is public, and bringing greater transparency on how MPi operates.


While the requirements listed below are the most up to date, the reporting requirements may vary according to country context/legislation and are subject to change over time based on updated local policies and processes. 

The disbursement of funds from the Marco Polo Institute Consolidated Budget is done through an annual forecast template.

Due dates for periodic reports are often mistakenly believed to be calculated from the programme start date; however, if the periodic reports do not correspond to the local fiscal calendar, one of the reporting periods will cross the closure of local fiscal year, making it difficult for the Financial Department to close its accounts. If the programme start date is not aligned with the beginning of a local fiscal quarter, the first and last periods should be adjusted to be shorter/longer than the other time periods to align appropriately. 

Legal Frameworks

Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations establishes that it is the duty of all persons enjoying privileges and immunities to respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State. In order to maintain fair enterprise practices in communications activities, compliance with various laws and regulations is expected and the Institute aims for a strong stance that takes initiative and implements best practices in order to maintain its project stakeholders’ and society’s trust.