GBP 720,000 is the sum that was lost “over the past five years as a result of “fraud, corruption and abuse” by governments in the developing world or NGOs using British funds”
DfID has refused to release a detailed list of the projects and countries where fraud has been uncovered, saying that to do so would jeopardise the UK’s relationship with foreign governments and risk further abuse by detailing the nature of the offence. And it has also refused to give details of exactly how much money has been misused
I can understand that funds are often lost to corruption, fraud, abuse (and also in swanky conferences, business class travel, electric-fenced housing etc). The reported amounts don’t seem too large either. But the secrecy? I don’t know. Aren’t we all calling for better data? and more transparency in aid? Aid Thoughts (a little provocative, as always) is calling for donors to show some aggression. Who is listening?