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Ministry of Foreign Affairs ‘clueless’ about corruption. Norwegian foreign aid money is disappearing by the sack-full. Authorities have no idea about how much. “There are many cases involving a lot of money. I daren’t guess what percentage of our foreign aid money ends up in the wrong hands, but believe we are seeing just the tip of the iceberg,” Eirik Glenne, head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (UD) Last week’s NRK documentary has revealed widespread corruption, costing Norway millions of kroner.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs ‘clueless’ about corruption

Published on Monday, 6th December, 2010 at 14:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 6th December 2010 at 14:26.

Norwegian foreign aid money is disappearing by the sack-full. Authorities have no idea about how much.

Erik Solheim
Erik Solheim
Photo: Tore Berntsen/Norwegian government


“There are many cases involving a lot of money. I daren’t guess what percentage of our foreign aid money ends up in the wrong hands, but believe we are seeing just the tip of the iceberg,” Eirik Glenne, head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (UD)

Last week’s NRK documentary has revealed widespread corruption, costing Norway millions of kroner.

Documents given to NRK by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) show former 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, is accused of withdrawing almost 304 million Norwegian kroner from Grameen Bank at the end of the ‘90s.

Mr Yunus and Grameen Bank were given the Peace Prize for the micro-credit loan scheme to Bangladesh’s poor.

The documentary alleges he transferred the money to a new company, Grameen Kalyan, which then issued a loan to Grameen Bank for the same amount, on the same day the funds were withdrawn. Mr Yunus, who is director for both companies, denies any wrongdoing.

Moreover, WikiLeaks’ recent publication of classified documents has also revealed local authorities stopped former Vice-President of Afghanistan Ahmad Zia Massoud last year with 321 million kroner in cash whilst he was on a trip in the United Arab Emirates.

247 cases of corruption have been reported to the UD since it set up a hotline three years ago, and new ones land on the Ministry’s desk weekly.

“I believe we have been naive for a long time. There has been a tendency to sweep suspicions of corruption under the carpet,” Minister for International Development Eirik Solheim tells NRK.




Published on Monday, 6th December, 2010 at 14:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 6th December 2010 at 14:26.

This post has the following tags: norad, corruption, grameen, kalyan, muhammad, yunus, ahmad, zia, massoud, erik, solheim, foreign, aid, norway, nobel, peace, prize.





  
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