Corruption in Emergencies

Humanitarian assistance can be diverted and exacerbate existing corruption. Learn how to better address such risks in emergency situations.

Humanitarian assistance typically takes place in countries with high tolerance for corruption. Though donors and relief agencies are mostly highly intolerant of corrupt practices, they bring substantial resources into suddenly resource-poor environments of which they may have little knowledge. They also target citizens who quite rightly prioritize their families’ survival. This U4 theme examines why humanitarian assistance is prone to corruption for those seeking to improve the effectiveness of interventions.

This U4 Theme Page will enable you, among other things, to:

  • Appreciate why humanitarian assistance may be subject to corruption and understand risk areas
  • Understand how humanitarian aid providers and recipients perceive corruption
  • Learn about methods for preventing or managing the risks of corruption in humanitarian emergencies
  • Understand corruption in emergency procurement and the role of the media in preventing corruption in emergencies
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Author: Sarah Bailey
Release date: September 2008

Need and greed: Corruption risks, perceptions and prevention in humanitarian assistance

This policy brief outlines corruption risks unique to emergency contexts, perceptions of corruption by affected populations, and the ways in which policies and practices of aid agencies could address these risks more effectively.

Author: Sarah Bailey
Release date: July 2008

Perceptions of corruption among Internally Displaced Persons in Northern Uganda

This report summarises a case study on perceptions of corruption in humanitarian assistance among internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Northern Uganda.


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