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Plan International has a zero tolerance policy on all fraud, bribery and corruption. Our Counter Fraud Unit is dedicated to preventing, detecting and investigating cases of fraud. Read about some recently resolved cases below and download full reports.

We thoroughly investigate each case of fraud, recover costs wherever possible and analyse how each instance can be avoided in the future.

SUSPECTED PROCUREMENT FRAUD IN ASIA – OCTOBER 2017

An anonymous allegation claimed that a Plan International staff member was receiving kickback payments from a vehicle rental company. An investigation did not substantiate the allegation but found some deficiencies in the procurement process for the rental services. Measures were put in place to ensure compliance in future procurement processes.

INFLATED EXPENSE CLAIM IN THE AMERICAS – OCTOBER 2017

A Plan International staff member submitted an expense claim for a meal that was suspected to be inflated. An investigation confirmed the allegation, the staff member was dismissed and the funds were recovered.

FUNDS STOLEN BY A PARTNER IN EAST/SOUTHERN AFRICA – DECEMBER 2017

An implementing partner was suspected of stealing €400 from the funds for a project. An investigation confirmed the allegation, the partnership was terminated and closer financial monitoring of partners was recommended.

IMPROPER PROCUREMENT IN EUROPE – JANUARY 2018

An allegation was made about improper procurement processes for an IT service. A review validated the procurement process although some deficiencies were identified. Remediation measures were put in place on the roles of procurement panel members.

DIVERTED FOOD AID IN WEST AFRICA – MARCH 2018

A Plan International staff member was alleged to have diverted food aid for their personal benefit. The allegation was proven and the staff member concerned was dismissed. The majority of the lost food was recovered. As a result, aid distribution monitoring was improved.