Over 90 online participants joined us on 26 October for the PHAP Briefing on Mitigating corruption in aid, organized in partnership with CHS Alliance and Transparency International, and featuring presentations from Adele Harmer (Humanitarian Outcomes) and Roslyn Hees (Transparency International).
The event provided participants with an overview of the main risks related to aid integrity, and presented best practices found to fight corruption in the humanitarian sector, with a focus on the key findings from the recently published report by the Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies (CREATE) initiative, which analyzed four complex operational settings: Afghanistan, the response to Ebola in Guinea, southern Somalia, and operations to assist Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Roslyn Hees, who works for Transparency International’s Humanitarian Aid Integrity Programme, introduced us to the concept of both financial and non-financial corruption in aid, and explored the reasons that make humanitarian action more vulnerable to corruption compared to other sectors. She also explained the different approaches to mitigate corruption by either supporting anti-corruption policies or promoting integrity practices.
Her intervention was followed by Adele Harmer, co-author of the CREATE report, who shared with the audience the main risks to integrity that were found in the four analyzed contexts, and described some identified mitigation and accountability measures to reduce such corruption risks. She concluded with a series of recommendations for humanitarian actors, pointing out to the need to better work collectively against corruption.
If you missed this event, you can now find the recordings of these presentations and of the Q&A session at phap.org/26oct2017
PHAP Briefings is a series of online events targeted to all humanitarian practitioners, and aimed at sharing an overall critical perspective to the latest discussions on different topics and issues affecting the humanitarian sector. The sessions focus on updates, overviews, and introductions to new research, trends, concepts, and approaches to humanitarian action.