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Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance

Research report

Written by Sarah Bailey

Research report

This report describes research on the problem of corruption in humanitarian assistance, carried out in 2007 and 2008 by the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University (FIC) in collaboration with the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute in London (ODI) and the sponsoring agency, Transparency International (TI). Seven major international humanitarian NGOs volunteered to be part of the project and allowed researchers access to their headquarters staff and documentation along with similar access to field programs in seven crisis affected countries.

The research does not try to assess the degree of corruption in any one agency or country. Rather it seeks to document perceptions of corruption in humanitarian operations, including the context of humanitarian assistance, the risks and consequences of corruption, the policies and practices to mitigate or manage corruption risks, and remaining gaps in

addressing corruption.

Sarah Bailey, Cheyanne Church, Marie-Luise Ahlendorf, Paul Harvey, Roslyn Hees, Daniel Maxwell, Kevin Savage, and Peter Walker