Corruption risks in humanitarian action can take many different forms: from the diversion of aid and the payment of excessive taxes to parties to a conflict, to the practice of clientelism in procurement or nepotism in recruitment. Despite the importance to aid transparency and accountability in the humanitarian sector, discussions on corruption are often neglected, and organizations tend to address this issue individually rather than collectively. Aiming to address this issue, Transparency International recently undertook research under the Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies (CREATE) initiative, carrying out interviews and consultations regarding the corruption risks in four complex operational settings: Afghanistan, the response to Ebola in Guinea, southern Somalia, and operations to assist Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

On 26 October, Adele Harmer from Humanitarian Outcomes and Roslyn Hees from Transparency International, presented this PHAP Briefing organized in partnership with CHS Alliance and Transparency International. The event focused on the key findings of the CREATE report, presenting the main corruption risks, but also key mitigation efforts and recommendations that have been identified in the four analyzed settings.

Guest experts

Adele Harmer Adele Harmer Partner, Humanitarian Outcomes
Roslyn Hees Roslyn Hees Senior Advisor, Humanitarian Aid Integrity Programme, Transparency International

Event host

Angharad Laing Angharad Laing Executive Director, PHAP

AidEx 2017: Results through transparency and accountability

For those with further interest in the topic should consider attending AidEx in Brussels on 15-16 November. The topic of this free conference and expo will be Results through transparency and accountability. We hope to see you there!

Recordings and follow-up

Why should you watch the recording?

To get an overview of the main risks related to aid integrity (in particular corruption) in humanitarian work and to learn about examples of countermeasures organizations have implemented in order to mitigate such risks.

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Reference document

Target audience and event access

This event is particularly targeted to humanitarian practitioners with an interest to keep up to date with current issues, discussions, and research relating to the the humanitarian sector.

Geneva Humanitarian Connector

This event was made possible through the Geneva Humanitarian Connector, an initiative of PHAP supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.