Preventing corruption in humanitarian assistance
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Corruption mitigation includes very simple measures such as:
- sending beneficiaries a letter in their own language:
- tell them about the benefits they are supposed to receive (including the amount of any money) programs which will affect them, and selection processes.
- inform them that they don't need to pay any money or any fee to get selected as beneficiaries.
- even if they can't read, they can generally read numbers, and can often find a literate person if they have any doubts.
- putting in place “whistleblower” programs
- strengthening internal audit functions.
- putting things in writing.
- using an independent translator.
- using independent panels for making decisions, such as selecting villages.
- using a money dealer rather than having staff deal with money.