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Need and greed: corruption risks, perception and prevention in humanitarian assistance

Published:
1 September 2008
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Need and greed: corruption risks, perception and prevention in humanitarian assistance

Humanitarian assistance injects valuable resources into resource-poor and often insecure contexts with high levels of need. The complexity of humanitarian operations and their rapidly increasing budgets make addressing corruption – and the taboos surrounding it – absolutely essential for aid agencies.
Despite recent efforts by humanitarian agencies to increase participation, accountability and transparency, humanitarian assistance remains an opaque process to those impacted by crisis. Investing in appropriate and effective accountability systems is imperative to demystify the process and prevent, detect and respond to corruption.

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