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Civil society organisations (CSOs) must take action against corrution, fraud and abuse in their own ranks. Not only to keep their organisations healthy - but also to remain legitimate and trustworthy when advocating against corruption and fraud in the surrounding society.



Face corruption head-on 

Corruption not only diverts money and resources from the needy to the greedy. It also undermines trust and confidence in your organisation among members, donors, taxpayers and other stakeholders.


Therefore, you have to face corruption, fraud and abuse within your own ranks head-on in order to protect your organisation.


Transparency and accountabillity

Preventing corruption is closely related to organisational development, and robust financial management. A strong focus on transparency and accountability towards donors, members, and other stakeholders in the community will help you keep you organisation clean.


Preventing corruption: A stronger organisation

  • Put corruption on the agenda inside your organisation - learn more.

  • Build a more accountable organisation - learn more.

  • Follow the money: Better financial management - learn more.


Three steps in a typical corruption case

  • Warning signs: Most corruption cases set off when e.g. financial reports are delayed, documents are missing, or when 'the man with the key' is never there.

  • Reacting: Next step is to sort truth from rumours, and to investigate the situation and get the facts right.

  • Taking action: Based on the results of the investigation a plan of action should be decided upon. 


Illustration by Sammi Mwamkinga © 

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