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Swedish international aid organisation Sida in fraud fight

Wednesday, 30 March 2011
The Swedish international aid agency, SIDA has been rocked by a series of corruption scandals in the past few years and seem now determined to start being more transparent in its operation.
According to a new arrangement to combat fraud, anyone in and out of the organisation should be able to easily report any suspected fraudulent activities related to the organisation in the future.

Sida hopes that more people will sign the agreement it is designing so as to assist is catching the cheats.
According to Sida’s anti-corruption advisor, Eva Parry, workers who suspect that something is not going well could have the opportunity to visit Sida's external website, and report the irregularities.
On Sida's website, there will soon be a big clear button or known as whittle blowing button to click if one wants to report, fraud and bribery related to Sida projects anywhere in the world.

Eva Parry hopes that the so called ‘whistle blowing button’, will encourage reporting and be more effective.  She also wants to engage those the aid is designed for, people without much money and contacts, to get in touch easily through this means.

For her, a poor person in a rural area who expects that aid money to be used in building schools or drilling a well and sees that such is not being delivered “can come back to us and provide these signals, so that we can follow up,” she said

Sida will also start publishing more information on economic aid and assistance as before to be kept internally. The whole project is called Open Aid and will be presented at a press conference on Monday.

But the new transparency system will not apply the state-owned companies that handle aid money. The Swedish radio had widely reported on one million Kronor economic aid money scrolling around in the state company Swedfund among others.
Companies handling state funds and economic aid also have to be scrutinised in order to really ground corruption, according to officials.
By Scancomark.se Team

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