ANTI-CORRUPTION

Danmission has a very clear and simple approach to corruption and fraud. We simply don't tolerate it – either within Danmission (in Denmark or in our offices abroad) or within our international partner organisations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Suspicion or complaint

– let us know

Can you prove that fraud is taking place or do you have a suspicion? Then please contact Danmission.

Your inquiry is treated confidentially and with great respect for the person who is complaining and the person/organisation that the complaint is mentioning.

We do not accept anonymous complaints.

 

Fraud and corruption

Danmission works to ensure that the funds entrusted to us by the Danish population, the Danish government or other donors do not end up in the wrong hands. To ensure an environment free from fraud and corruption, Danmission and our local partner organisations always sign a partnership agreement, including an anti-corruption paragraph, before implementing new projects and programmes.

When Danmission becomes suspicious of corruption within a partner organisation, we immediately initiate an investigation into the matter, including a complete financial review of the partner organisation. If our suspicions are confirmed, we require the partner organisation to correct the situation immediately and return the funds involved to Danmission wherever possible.Similar action will be taken if Danmission staff are involved in corruption.

Danmission’s employees working in Asia, Africa and the Middle East closely monitor our partner organisations’ financial procedures, as well as the work they are doing in general. This is to ensure that we are able to track the funds transferred to our partner organisations all the way down to the final beneficiaries/target groups.

 

How we deal with fraud and corruption

In order to discover and prevent fraud and corruption, Danmission has a clear and simple anti-corruption policy. We aim to ensure that our partner organisations have transparent administrative systems that clearly show how funds are spent, and we try to make sure that our partners deliver programme and project evaluations, financial reports and reviews on time. We also try to prevent fraud and corruption by carrying out regular visits to our partners. Danmission builds the capacity of partner organisations to prevent, or reduce, the risk of fraud.

In order to create a corruption-free partner organisation, and to prevent fraud and corruption, Danmission’s procedures and rules for accounts and programme management, evaluations and monitoring must be strictly adhered to by our partner organisations. All cases of fraud in partner organisations must, of course, be reported to Danmission by those partner organisations.

Danmission typically discovers corruption through financial procedures, controls, evaluations or reviews, or through inside information (tip-offs) from employees, partners organisations or other parties.

 

What do we do when we become aware of fraud and corruption?

The first thing that happens when Danmission becomes aware of corruption, or possible corruption, is that the donor involved (typically Danida or an international donor) is informed. Subsequently, an investigation is initiated and a thorough review conducted of our partner organisation’s finances.

 

Then what happens?

If the fraud involves Danmission employees then disciplinary action is taken, after which the funds involved will be returned to us wherever possible. If the fraud involves a Danmission partner organisation then we expect them to take action to stop the fraud and correct the situation, after which the funds involved will be returned to Danmission wherever possible. Staff, whether Danish or local, will most usually be dismissed if found to have been involved in fraud. However, Danmission will treat all cases of alleged fraud sensitively, on a case-by-case basis.

Donors involved receive a full written statement explaining the situation, including the steps taken. In addition, Danmission may inform other parties of the fraud detected, and may release the story to the media unless doing so would mean placing the personal safety of staff members at risk. Danmission only involves the media in cases of fraud involving more than DKK 5,000.

Unless circumstances such as the personal safety of staff members or the costs of legal proceedings prevent it, Danmission will always report cases of fraud to the police. Finally, as a preventive measure, Danmission’s guidelines and procedures may be reviewed, along with those of our partner organisation.

 

Definitions of fraud, corruption and embezzlement

Fraud is deliberate deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain. Fraud is both a civil wrong (i.e., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud and/or recover monetary compensation) and a criminal wrong (i.e., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities). The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, such as obtaining a driver’s license by way of false statements. Fraud is a financial crime. Fraud is when an official cheats other citizens or companies for personal gain.

Corruption is the abuse of bestowed power or position to acquire a personal benefit. Corruption may include many activities including bribery.

Embezzlement is the act of dishonestly withholding assets for the purpose of theft of such assets, by one or more persons to whom the assets were entrusted, either to be held or to be used for specific purposes.Embezzlement is a type of financial fraud, e.g. a lawyer might embezzle funds from the trust accounts of his or her clients; a financial advisor might embezzle the funds of investors; and a husband or a wife might embezzle funds from a bank account jointly held with the spouse.

Source (definitions): Wikipedia