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  • Global Challenges

    Workshop: Preventing Corruption in Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction Aid

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    The most damaging impact of corruption is the diversion of basic resources from the poor. Corruption in relief, recovery and reconstruction aid is the most egregious form of this, as it deprives the most vulnerable among the poor — the victims of natural disasters and civil conflicts — of essential life-saving resources. Such aid is delivered in challenging environments, in the midst of conflict and where disasters have stretched or overwhelmed national capacities, compromising human security. The injection of large amounts of aid resources into resource-poor economies where institutions have been damaged or destroyed creates opportunities for corrupt abuse of power. The countries in which the majority of this aid is delivered already suffer from high levels of perceived corruption prior to an emergency. Conscious of these challenges, several international institutions, governments, researchers and non-governmental organisations have recently developed strategies and tools for preventing corruption in relief, recovery and reconstruction programmes, as part of their efforts to improve aid transparency, accountability and effectiveness and as integral elements in their disaster risk reduction strategies.

    The workshop forms part of the Restoring Trust for Peace and Security stream. It focuses on tested strategies and best practice measures for detecting, deterring and dealing with corruption in relief, recovery and reconstruction aid. It will identify the most prevalent corruption risks in emergency aid programmes and recommended tools for their prevention, as set out in the TI Handbook on Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations. Case studies of experience of governmental (Indonesia) and INGO (World Vision International) aid agencies in addressing corruption risks in their work will be presented, to identify lessons learned and recommendations for dealing with such problems in future emergencies. The workshop will also highlight the special corruption issues in land management and construction and offer potential measures for addressing such risks as part of disaster risk reduction.

    Coordinator: Roslyn Hees, Senior Advisor, Transparency International

    Moderator: Christiaan Poortman, Director of Global Programmes, Transparency International

    Rapporteur: Samuel de Jaegere, Policy Analyst, Public Administration Reform and Anticorruption, UNDP


    Fouad Bendimerad, Visiting Professor, Research Centre for Urban Security, Kobe University

    Beris Gwynne, Director of Global Accountability, World Vision International

    Roslyn Hees, co-author, TI Handbook for Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations

    Kuntoro Mangkusbroto, former Director of Aceh/Nias Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency and Head, Presidential Work Unit for Development Monitoring and Control, Indonesia

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