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The Foreigner Updated: MFA orders Malawi to pay back aid. Malawi has been ordered to return 21 million kroner to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after unauthorised diversion of aid money. The funding was used on a different project that had not been previously agreed, and is the largest sum recovered by key MFA corruption hunters in the last three years, according to Vårt Land. “We wish to send a clear signal we have a zero tolerance policy regarding corruption, and misappropriation of funds,” says Minister of International Development Erik Solheim.

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Updated: MFA orders Malawi to pay back aid

Published on Wednesday, 9th February, 2011 at 09:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 9th February 2011 at 16:48.

Malawi has been ordered to return 21 million kroner to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after unauthorised diversion of aid money.



The funding was used on a different project that had not been previously agreed, and is the largest sum recovered by key MFA corruption hunters in the last three years, according to Vårt Land.

“We wish to send a clear signal we have a zero tolerance policy regarding corruption, and misappropriation of funds,” says Minister of International Development Erik Solheim.

Corruption is estimated to have cost the Norwegian state millions of kroner over the years, and questions have been raised about the country’s foreign aid policy.

Norway and Tanzania settled a long-running dispute in June last year, over misappropriated funds totalling 193 million.

Local authorities in the United Arab Emirates stopped former Afghan Vice President Ahmad Zia Massoud during his trip in 2009 with 321 million in cash.

This last incident comes despite the setting-up of a central MFA embezzlement-hunting unit three years ago.

However, Malawi’s 21 million is not regarded as either fraud or misappropriation, Vårt Land reports.

Malawian authorities decided to use the surplus towards a developmental scheme for agriculture support after failing to use Norway’s entire contribution towards its food programme.

“You cannot simply move money from one agreed purpose to another that has not,” Minister Solheim says.

The repayment has no effect on foreign aid cooperation with Malawi.



Published on Wednesday, 9th February, 2011 at 09:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 9th February 2011 at 16:48.

This post has the following tags: malawi, ministryofforeignaffairs, norwegianaid, keriksolheim.





  
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