BIZweek n°319 4 déc 2020
BIZweek n°319 4 déc 2020
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VENDREDI 04 DÉCEMBRE 2020 BIZWEEK ÉDITION 319 r u D P LA TOUR DRAFT REPORT The UNDP hit with fraud and corruption allegations at climate projects The United Nations Development Programme is facing several allegations of fraud and corruption linked to the multibillion-dollar Global Environment Facility, according to documents seen by the Financial Times and published on 30 November A copy of a draft report by UNDP’s office of audit and investigations, dated November 2020, described « financial misstatements » worth millions of dollars across UNDP’s portfolio of GEF-funded projects around the world. The report highlighted problems including signs of « fraudulent activities » at two country offices and « suspicions of collusion among the various project managers » at another, without naming the countries. « Issues identified by the audit could seriously compromise the achievement of the objectives of the audited entity, » the report said. The GEF was setup in 1991 as part of the World Bank to help fight environmental challenges such as deforestation, species conservation and pollution. It has since split out to become an independent organization and disbursed more than $21 billion in 170 countries, including $7 billion in projects United N Program ! managed by the UNDP. The audit of the UNDP’s GEF-funded projects — which covers 2018 and 2019 and is the first review of its kind since 2013 — comes against a backdrop of rising concern from some donor countries over management and oversight issues at the UNDP. An investigation by Foreign Policy in 2019 published whistleblower accounts alleging the misappropriation of millions of dollars at a UNDP-run GEF project in Russia. Twelve donor countries — including the U.S., France, Australia and Japan — have since sought an independent review of the UNDP’s handling of that project, according to a letter seen by the FT. « Matters of misconduct and misappropriation of funds continue to obstruct sustainable development across the world, » the donors said in March in the letter to Achim Steiner, the UNDP administrator since 2017. In a written response to the FT, the UNDP said it « takes all cases of financial mismanagement and other irregularities extremely seriously », adding that its GEF projects were some of the organization’s « most closely monitored ». « The portfolio, the majority of which is implemented by national and subnational institutions, civil society organizations as wellas other UN organizations, is subject3 to an intricate system of regular reviews, independent assessments and audits, » the UNDP said. While there have been « allegations of misuse of funds » at certain projects, such complaints affected « a tiny fraction — 1.4 per cent » of the UNDP’s GEF-funded portfolio, it added. The GEF did not respond to a request to comment for this article. Other project audits from independent consultants as wellas written complaints from current and former UNDP staff, all seen by the FT, suggest that concerns over alleged financial misconduct and poor oversight at the UNDP may be widespread. [….] Another person familiar with the allegations at the UNDP said there was a history of UNDP internal reviews avoiding « naming names ». « No one is accountable ; no one is responsible. The UNDP lets itself off the hook, » the person said, also asking not to be named. « These funds are intended for the poorest of the poor… at what point will donors [to the GEF] decide to suspend funding ? » Transparency International’s Böhmer said governance at the GEF had improved in recent years, but noted that the GEF had limited authority over UNDP projects, which are implemented according to UNDP standards. [Source  : Financial Times, 30 November 2020] 3 Cont’d on page 4

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