Corruption

Corruption is something that aid, relief and development workers frequently face: they may be asked to give bribes to government, businesses or others in order to do their jobs, they may witness falsification of documents and reports that misrepresent actions-on-the-ground, they may be asked to hire a relative of a powerful local figure, they may witness unethical behavior by fellow aid, relief and development workers, they may see corruption preventing the people they are trying to help to access health care and government services, and on and on.

Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance is the first product of the second phase of Transparency International’s (TI) program aimed at preventing corruption in humanitarian operations, focusing on the aftermath of both natural disasters and civil conflicts. It is hoped that this TI program will enable the documentation sharing and implementation of good practice and tools for minimizing the risks of corruption in humanitarian assistance.These good practices and tools will be presented in a TI Handbook for Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance, aimed at humanitarian staff
and managers.

The Humanitarian Policy Group, part of the Overseas Development Institute, has produced a paper, Corruption risks, perceptions and prevention in humanitarian assistance. How do staff in leading NGOs perceive risks of corruption in humanitarian operations? What strategies have they put in place to prevent and detect corruption? What can be learned from these strategies and what more can be done? This HPG Policy Brief explores these issues. It finds that aid agencies are aware of corruption risks and have developed strategies to prevent it. However, the humanitarian community has not yet addressed this problem jointly, shared information on these practices, or discussed ways to improve their effectiveness.

Also see Bribes and How To Avoid Them by Barney Mayhew

AWN would like to link to more resources that help aid, relief and development workers handle corruption they witness or are pressured to be a part of.

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