Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations

TitlePreventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleTransparency International Handbook of Good Practices
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAhlendorf, M-L, Hees, R, Debere, S
Number of Pages181 pp.
PublisherTransparency International (TI)

A Handbook of Good Practices is a timely, practical guide to help aid organisations deal with corruption in day-to-day operations. When people donate money to aid agencies they expect it to reach people in need. When it ends up in someone’s pocket, this not only hurts the victims but damages the donor-aid-delivery supply chain. Eliminate corruption and donors remain confident and more aid ends up helping those who need it most.
The idea for this handbook came from the massive humanitarian response to the Asian tsunami, similar to the reaction to the earthquake in Haiti. Then, as now, there were concerns about corruption. Although many international development agencies have anti-corruption polices, there was a noticeable gap in policies for preventing corruption in emergencies.
This handbook fills that gap. It offers a menu of best practice tools for preventing and detecting corruption in humanitarian operations that includes ways to track resources, confront extortion and detect aid diversion. The handbook, part of TI’s broader work to stop corruption in humanitarian assistance, covers policies and procedures for transparency, integrity and accountability, and specific corruption risks, such as supply chain management and accounting.
The handbook is primarily aimed at managers and staff of humanitarian agencies, both at headquarters (HQ) and in the field. It speaks directly to those on front line of aid delivery as well as to senior managers who determine organisational culture and values.
The handbook is designed to help anyone working in the humanitarian sector identify and prevent the corruption risks faced by their particular organisation or department, or within a specific programme or role. It does not try to set out industry-wide standards for aid agencies in emergencies. Rather, it describes ‘what to do’ to minimise corruption risks, while numerous reference documents attached offer technical details on ‘how to do it’.The first edition is in English. French and Spanish translations will follow.

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