Transparency International has long held that the most damaging impact of corruption is the diversion of basic resources from poor people. Corruption in humanitarian aid is the most egregious form of this, as it deprives the most vulnerable poor people, the victims of natural disasters and civil conflicts, of essential life-saving resources. Humanitarian assistance aims to save lives and alleviate the suffering of people in times of crisis. Yet these noble ambitions do not immunise emergency responses from corrupt abuse.
The ‘Handbook of good practices: Preventing corruption in humanitarian operations’ was developed in the wake of concern surrounding corruption within humanitarian responses. Many international development agencies have put in place corruption prevention polices tailored to development programmes, but there was a noticeable gap in policies for preventing corruption in emergencies. Based on extensive research within and beyond the humanitarian sector, as well as detailed input from the humanitarian community itself, the attached handbook published by Transparency International aims to fill that gap. It offers a menu of good practice tools for preventing and detecting corruption in humanitarian operations.
This handbook can be downloaded here: TI (2010) Handbook of Good Practices. Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations