Transparency International has long held that the most damaging impact of corruption is the diversion of basic resources from the poor. Corruption in humanitarian aid is the most egregious form of this, as it deprives the most vulnerable among the poor – the victims of natural disasters and civil conflicts – of essential life-saving resources.
Transparency International- Kenya‘s Humanitarian Aid Integrity Programme aims to enhance transparency and accountability in the implementation of humanitarian operations at institutional, policy and operational levels.
TI-Kenya is working together with governments, international and national humanitarian organisations, civil society organisations, private companies and affected populations to achieve the following long-term results:
– International and national institutions adopt, coordinate and enforce the implementation of anti-corruption instruments in their operations
– Affected populations are able to effectively identify and address corruption in humanitarian operations.
During the first phase of the programme, an analysis of the 2011 drought response was conducted in cooperation with key actors involved in the food assistance sector including; relevant Ministries, international and national humanitarian organisations, development partners and beneficiaries.
The findings and recommendations of this study informed the programmatic focus of the second phase of the programme around the following components:
• National and County level advocacy interventions promoting integrity and accountability in aid and basic service provision
• Building capacity of State and non-State actors in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) to identify and deter corruption risks in their operations
• Community empowerment and awareness raising to enhance monitoring of aid and reporting of suspected corruption cases.
Since September 2014, TI-Kenya has been building on the achievements and interventions of the organisation, to improve accountability and transparency in the implementation of humanitarian assistance in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) counties. The action is structured around three components:
1) Advocacy at County, national and international levels;
2) Capacity building for agencies and government officers to raise awareness on the risk of corruption in implementing resilience programmes as well as propose mitigation measures;
3) Community monitoring and participation to raise beneficiaries’ awareness on corruption risks and building their capacity to monitor aid and basic services projects implemented in their community.
Currently TI-Kenya is implementing two projects geared towards enhancing accountability and transparency in the design and implementation of Humanitarian Assistance in Kenya the Social Accountability Project, UWAJIBIKAJI PAMOJA and the global project CREATE.
Policy Brief #01/2016 “The Humanitarian Imperative: How Curbing Corruption Can Save Lives”. Download the brief: Policy Brief_humanitarian aid_May 2016
The Food Assistance Integrity Study, Analysis of the 2011 Drought response in Kenya
TI Humanitarian handbook: “Preventing Corruption in Humanittarian Assistance” (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic)
TI/ ODI 2008 corruption risk analysis report
Committees of Accountability feature on how public participation is improving delivery of food aid to communities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7ARvzM0yvU&feature=plcp
Article by Nicolas Seris and Roslyn Hees of Transparency International on how can we curb corruption in humanitarian operations. Page 72 of the Humanitarian Accountability Report. Download the report: http://www.chsalliance.org/files/files/CHS-Alliance-HAR-2015.pdf.