Systematic Prevention of Corruption Overseas

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Resolution number: 
15
May 2002
Whereas: 
  1. There is documented evidence of corruption in some overseas offices of the UNHCR and NGO partners who implement UNHCR programs;
  2. UNHCR itself has recognized this problem in its Kenya offices, and has taken measures to address the problem, one such measure being the removal of staff accused of corruption;
  3. NGOs too have power over refugees and some have been accused of corruption and exploitation of refugees, particularly women and children in West Africa;
Therefore be it resolved: 

That the CCR call on the UNHCR to put in place a structure and a back-up monitoring system that, in effect, will:

  1. Stop existing corruption and prevent future corruption;
  2. Provide a complaint mechanism that is confidential (to protect the complainant);
  3. Require its NGO implementing partners to have a similar structure, monitoring system and complaint mechanism in place.
Working Group: 
Overseas Protection and Resettlement