The Atlas Alliance practices zero tolerance for corruption and continuously works to ensure that aid funds reach disabled people.
The zero tolerance for corruption also includes violations of the Atlas Alliance’s ethical guidelines and all forms of financial default. Ensuring efficient and sustainable fight against corruption is a process over time. The Atlas Alliance will be a driving force and discussion partner in every aspect of this work.
We will use our efforts to combat corruption as part of a comprehensive effort to promote good organisational culture and social change. Secondly, by having a well-developed system for incident reporting, continuously assessing risks and vulnerabilities, and conducting regular spot-checks, we to use anti-corruption efforts to strengthen both our own organisations’ and partner organizations’ risk management. The threshold to abuse power and funding will thus be raised considerably. We will also have greater ability to uncover old cases and expose new attempts of corruption and misuse.
This is how we prevent corruption
During the last few years, the Atlas Alliance has implemented a number of measures to prevent and detect corruption, which include the following:
- Action plan against corruption for 2018 – 2019.
- Pilot project on social audit in Nepal in 2018.
- Checklist for good financial management in projects that is actively used during project visits.
- Comprehensive reviews of guidelines, regulations and procedures.
- Training of Norwegian financial and program advisors to raise competence in preventing, detecting and handling corruption.
- Participation in Norwegian aid organizations’ anti-corruption group.
- Making our reporting procedures for illegal or unacceptable circumstances known to partners and making the procedures public on our websites.
Closed corruption cases
Uganda: Signo supported Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD). A forensic audit reveiled embezzlement, theft and lacking documentation. NOK 242 604 has been paid back to Norad.
Malawi: The Norwegian Association of Disabled supported Malawi Council of the Handicapped (MACOHA). An investigation reveiled weak rutines and lacking documentation for certain expenses. NOK 1103 has been paid back to Norad.
Malawi: The Norwegian Association of Disabled supported the Parent’s of Disabled Children’s Association Of Malawi (PODCAM). Failing controls and embezzlement were revealed following an external tips. NOK 814,944 has been paid back to Norad.
Malawi: The Norwegian Association of Disabled supported the Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (FEDOMA). Following an additional investigation, extensive misuse of funds were discovered. NOK 1,113,317 has been paid back to Norad.
Zambia: The Norwegian Diabetes Association supported the Diabetes Association of Zambia. Embezzlement were discovered at the local partner. NOK 39.451 has been paid back to Norad.
Uganda: The Atlas Alliance and the Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted supported the Uganda National Association of the Blind. The local partners accounts were falsified. NOK 45.423 has been paid back to Norad.
Tanzania: The Atlas Alliance supported the East Africa Cup with NOK 80,000, – in 2016 to contribute to an inclusive sports tournament and have received good reports on the participation of youth with disabilities. NOK 28,860 has been repaid to Norad.
Palestina: Local partner used funds in violation of contract. NOK 24.692 has been paid back to Norad.
Uganda: National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU): Theft from Savings / Loan Group. It has been documented that there were no Norwegian funds involved and the case has therefore been terminated.
Nepal: Nepal Association of the Blind: Misuse of funds in the field revealed, NOK 21 103, – has been repaid to Norad.
Lesoto: Lesotho National Federation of the Disabled (LNFOD): Unsatisfactory documentation of payments, NOK 6 579, – has been repaid to Norad.
The figures are taken from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ report on cases of financial irregularities.