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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.

Building materials sold for personal profit in West/Central Africa – March 2019

Two building contractors were suspected of selling construction materials from a Plan International project for personal gain. The loss (€109,343) was substantiated and disciplinary measures for Plan International staff members were recommended for negligence. One staff member was dismissed, another resigned and 5 further warnings were given. Control remediations were also made based on identified weaknesses.

Sub-standard materials supplied in the Americas – June 2019

A vendor supplied sub-standard and faulty materials for the full price and then left the country when they were asked to return the money. Two staff members were dismissed, the lost funds (€4,777) were recovered and remediations were made.

False reports by a partner in West/Central Africa – September 2019

A partner organisation was suspected of submitting false activity reports. The allegations were substantiated, the lost funds (€1,281) were recovered and the partnership was terminated.

Suspected procurement fraud in Middle East, Eastern/Southern Africa – November 2019

A partner organisation was suspected of procurement fraud, resulting in overpricing. However, a market rate check revealed no overpricing.

Beneficiaries charged in Asia/Pacific – December 2019

A Plan International staff member was alleged to have charged beneficiaries for assistance. The allegation was proved to be true, the staff member was dismissed and Plan International facilitated the repayment of the beneficiaries.