The Atlas Alliance has zero tolerance for corruption, and we work continuously to ensure that development aid funds reach the disabled.
Zero tolerance for corruption also includes violations of the Atlas Alliance's ethical guidelines and all forms of financial default. Our work to prevent corruption is closely linked to our goal that our partners - the disabled persons' own organizations - shall have good governance and solid routines.
The Atlas Alliance prepared a new anti-corruption plan in 2020. The plan is used as a starting point to ensure that the projects are characterized under control, good management and security at all levels.
Any suspicions of financial irregularities, harassments or other misconduct, this should be reported. Read more about whistleblowing on this page.
Completed corruption cases
Uganda: The Norwegian Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalusis supports the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Uganda (SHA-U). Cash were not handled according to established routines. NOK 17 000 disappeared when an employee withdrew money from the bank. The employee was instructed to travel to the bank together with a co-worker, but did not follow instructions and made the withdrawal alone. The case has been reported to the police in Uganda. Since the incident SHA-U has improved internal routines. NOK 17.000,- has been repaid to Norad.
Uganda: Mental Health Youth Norway supports Mental Health Uganda. A PC was stolen from the office. The incident has been reportet to the police and a new PC has been acquired.
Uganda: The Norwegian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities supported Uganda Parents of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (UPPID). An investigation revealed false receipts, receipts which cannot be verified, as well as duplicate salary payments. NOK 125.783,- has been repaid to Norad.
Uganda: Signo supported the Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD). Following tips, an investigation revealed embezzlement, theft and missing documentation. NOK 242 604 has been repaid to Norad.
Malawi: The Norwegian Association of Disabled (Handikapforbundet) supported the Malawi Council of the Handicapped (MACOHA). An additional survey revealed weak routes and missing documentation for certain expenses. NOK 1 103 has been repaid to Norad.
Malawi: The Norwegian Association of Disabled supported the Parent’s of Disabled Children’s Association Of Malawi (PODCAM). Failing control and embezzlement were revealed following external tips. NOK 814 944 has been repaid to Norad.
Malawi: The Norwegian Association of Disabled supported The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA). Following an additional investigation, extensive defaults were discovered. NOK 1 113 317 has been repaid to Norad.
Zambia: The Norwegian Diabetes Association (Diabetesforbundet) supported the Diabetes Association of Zambia. Embezzlement at local partner. NOK 39 451 has been repaid to Norad.
Uganda: The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (Blindeforbundet) supported the Uganda National Association of the Blind. Counterfeiting of accounts with a local partner was discovered. NOK 45 423 has been repaid to Norad.
Tanzania: The Atlas Alliance supported the East Africa Cup in 2016 with NOK 80 000 to contribute to an inclusive sports tournament and has received good reports in return on the participation of the disabled. NOK 28 860 which is assumed to have defaulted has been repaid to Norad.
Uganda: National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU): Theft from savings/loan group. It has been documented that no Norwegian funds were involved. Therefore, the case has been closed.
Nepal: Nepal Association of the Blind: Misuse of funds in the field revealed, NOK 21 103, - has been repaid to Norad.
Lesotho: Lesotho National Federation of the Disabled (LNFOD): Unsatisfactory documentation of payments, NOK 6 579, - has been repaid to Norad.
The numbers are taken from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs report on financial fraud.
If you have questions about the Atlas Alliance's anti-corruption work, you can contact program advisor Anders Hosar via email: firstname.lastname@example.org