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Norway to increase aid money monitoring. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to impose stricter conditions on how international organizations utilize aid. One measure is to double the number of spot checks on how cooperation partners make use of Norwegian money.  “Corruption and other such misuse of aid money is stealing from the poor. Norway has one of the best and strictest control systems in the world to prevent corruption. Now we want to do this even better,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås in a statement.

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Norway to increase aid money monitoring

Published on Thursday, 5th September, 2013 at 14:30 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to impose stricter conditions on how international organizations utilize aid.

Food aid warehouse, Angola (illus. ph.)
Food aid warehouse, Angola (illus. ph.)
Photo: USAID Africa Bureau/Wikimedia Commons


One measure is to double the number of spot checks on how cooperation partners make use of Norwegian money. 

“Corruption and other such misuse of aid money is stealing from the poor. Norway has one of the best and strictest control systems in the world to prevent corruption. Now we want to do this even better,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås in a statement.

The Ministry has received NOK 35.3 million (about USD 5.79 million/EUR 4.38 million/GBP 3.7 million at today’s ROE) in return since it established its central control body in 2007. It is designed to uncover corruption and other misuse of aid.

Today, the UD’s central bureau carries out spot checks on cooperation partners that receive money from Norway. These controls will be doubled from next year.

”We want to set stricter conditions for international organizations. Norway will also secure more transparency during controls and the right for misappropriated aid money to be paid back,” explained Minister Holmås.

“This will go into the agreement framework with the most important organizations in the UN. We will demand exchange of information and co-operation between all multilateral organizations that receive substantial support from us,” he added. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also aim to strengthen co-operation with voluntary organizations. Zero tolerance for corruption will be practiced.

Moreover, officials plan to work more closely with them in the fight against corruption. This includes additional support for audit implementation.

Norwegian aid has recently been subject to profiteering in Syria, where some food intended for the country’s refugees has been stolen and sold on the black market.




Published on Thursday, 5th September, 2013 at 14:30 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.

This post has the following tags: norwayaid, norwegianaid.





  
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