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Dealing with corruption in your NGO
28 January 2013
NGOs are no more immune to corruption than companies in other sectors but for development organisations it can be especially harmful and have a knock-on effect on reputation, funding and donations.
It's a significant issue; an estimated $17.1bn (£10bn) was spent on humanitarian work in 2011 and without proper strategies in place, accountability can be difficult. Corruption, which includes nepotism, bribery, fraud, kick-backs and double funding, can divert resources, feed conflict and increase basic costs of services for the poor – undermining the very work of NGOs.
Creating sustainable employment in Tanzania
21 January 2013
Having worked for 27 years in various positions for the Boots Group (now Alliance Boots) I took voluntary redundancy in 2004, aged 50, to consider new pursuits. I was given the opportunity to change my career and spent five months working as an English teacher in China before deciding to pursue a career in the charity sector through Mango (Management Accounting for Non-Governmental Organisations).
Having previously worked in Nairobi for five years as the finance director and finance manager of an overseas subsidiary of Boots in the 1990s, I wanted to return to Africa.