Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Does "corruption" and "international development" come hand-in-hand?
The Article: Global Fund statement on abuse of funds in some countries
It's hard to believe someone employed in an organization like this would be involved in such a crime. Having been involved with various development projects in the past, it seems as though with any international development project there, are bound to be corruption.
In many international development projects, it is difficult (not impossible) to work with local employees. especially if the goal of the project is to empower women. Let's say you are a mother of five children (not uncommon in a lot of developing countries), you have just been approached by a group of foreigners promising you a better life if you are willing to commit to this project. You gladly accept and your work starts tomorrow. You are placed in a room full of unfamiliar faces and other local woman just like you, the oragnizers gave you $50 to buy stationary supplies for everyone so the group can start discussing ideas. You make your way to the market but you ran away, knowing that $50 can go a long way in paying for food and education for your children.
In this situation, whose fault would be it? Would it be the organizer who gave her the $50? The women herself? Or is no one at fault? What would you change so the same event does not occur? Are you not going to allow the local women, the ones you are trying to empower, not be in control of the money?
How do you create an organization that is corruption-free? How do you screen your employees so that corruption won't occur? What checkpoints do you put in place and how do you enforce it?
- GlassFrog Blogger Jackel