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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.

INFLATED PAYMENTS IN THE AMERICAS – OCTOBER 2017

A financial report showed possible inflated payments. The discrepancy was identified as an error due to negligence rather than fraud. A staff member was issued with a warning and a suspension.

PROCUREMENT FRAUD IN EAST/SOUTHERN AFRICA – NOVEMBER 2017

A monitoring visit to a partner organisation implementing a Plan International project revealed suspicions of procurement fraud and non-payment of salaries. Fraud was substantiated, all lost funds (€2,791) were recovered and the partnership was terminated. 

ALLEGED CORRUPT RECRUITMENT IN WEST AFRICA – MARCH 2018

A whistle-blower alleged corruption in a recruitment process. An investigation found irregularities rather than corruption. It was recommended that staff members involved were given warnings. Strengthened controls on recruitment were introduced as a result.

FOOD AID STOLEN IN EAST/SOUTHERN AFRICA – MAY 2018

It was alleged that food aid was removed from a store and sold to market traders by Plan International staff. Two staff members were convicted of theft and dismissed. 

FRAUDULENT MEDICAL CLAIM SUBMITTED IN ASIA – JUNE 2018

A staff member submitted a fraudulent medical claim. The staff member was dismissed and the value of the claim (€53) was recovered.