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Fighting fraud in NGOs

Key discoveries

  • What is fraud and why do people do it?
  • Designing out fraud risk and developing controls
  • Ways to detect fraud in case it should occur, including a speaking up hotline
  • Equipping managers to ably handle fraud or alleged fraud, to take actions which are fair and firm.

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Course code: ST6

This 2-day course builds the skills and confidence of NGO managers and staff to prevent, detect and respond to fraud, making sure funds get to where they are most needed.

Course costsEarly booking
Standard booking
Individuals, and non-profit organisations with less than £1m income360450
Non-profit organisations more than £1m income450560
For-profit/governmental organisations560700

Who should attend

This course is designed specifically for NGO programme, operations and finance staff, who need to proactively manage the risk of fraud. The course is primarily aimed at:

The course is most likely to be relevant to organisations with more than 12-15 staff or an annual budget of greater than £250,000. It would also be of interest to NGO internal auditors.

We recommend that you read this course outline carefully to make sure the content is relevant and meets your learning requirements. If you are not sure if this course is for you, please contact us.

Programme guide

Programme Guide

Day 1  
  • Defining fraud and bribery
  • Why do people commit fraud?
  • The urgent need to fight fraud
  • The 5-part holistic framework 
  • What does fraud look like close up?
Deterrence – strategies to reduce fraud incidents
  • Content of key fraud policy documents
  • Setting behaviour expectations with staff, partners, suppliers and donors
Prevention – protecting and safeguarding assets
  • Assessing and building partners' capacity to fight fraud
  • Identifying areas of high fraud risk
  • Designing out fraud risk in projects
  • Fraud prevention procedures and controls
Day 2  
  • Tell-tale signs of fraud
  • Setting up a 'Speaking Up' service 
  • Using budget monitoring reports
  • Beneficiary accountability 
Response – handling it well
  • Key actions in response to alleged fraud
  • Roles of the Fraud Response Team
  • Internal and external communications
  • Key elements in a fraud investigation
  • Taking appropriate actions and documenting learning
Culture – creating an environment where fraud cannot thrive
  • Integrating anti-fraud thinking
  • Dealing with staff resistance
Summary and close 
  • Course review, certificates and close

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess fraud risk and design projects and controls to mitigate the risks
  • Set up an effective speaking up hotline
  • Establish and provide guidance for a Fraud Response Team from within your existing staff
  • Describe the different reasons that may drive people to commit fraud
  • Explain the 5 elements of a holistic Anti-Fraud framework
  • Identify the required content of key anti-fraud policies and processes
  • Appreciate the benefits of addressing the challenge of fraud, and communicating openly with donors and staff

Course dates

There are no up-and-coming courses in the open training programme.

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