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Corruption and whistleblowing in international humanitarian aid agencies

Corruption and whistleblowing in international humanitarian aid agencies Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to address issues of corruption and governance for international humanitarian organisations (such as Red Cross, Greenpeace, the Salvation Army, and Médecins Sans Frontières). Any such corruption may be both an issue of governance within an organisation as well as an external issue, such as political corruption, with which such organisations must deal in relationships with stakeholders. Design/methodology/approach – The analysis is derived from annual reports, news reports, and published articles. Findings – A moral basis for operations is based on analysis, information, measuring and reporting. Research limitations/implications – In‐depth investigations of the ethical performance of humanitarian organisations are required. Practical implications – The paper addresses issues of analyses of problems, the measurement of effectiveness, the moral dilemmas incurred by aid agencies, and offers some suggestions for improvement. Social implications – Transparency would encourage greater contributions to the important work undertaken by these organisations. Originality/value – The moral obligations of humanitarian organisations are usually assessed in terms of their social impacts. This paper suggests that their future viability may also rest on their ability to demonstrate an ethical approach to their operations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Financial Crime Emerald Publishing

Corruption and whistleblowing in international humanitarian aid agencies

Journal of Financial Crime , Volume 18 (4): 17 – Oct 11, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1359-0790
DOI
10.1108/13590791111173678
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to address issues of corruption and governance for international humanitarian organisations (such as Red Cross, Greenpeace, the Salvation Army, and Médecins Sans Frontières). Any such corruption may be both an issue of governance within an organisation as well as an external issue, such as political corruption, with which such organisations must deal in relationships with stakeholders. Design/methodology/approach – The analysis is derived from annual reports, news reports, and published articles. Findings – A moral basis for operations is based on analysis, information, measuring and reporting. Research limitations/implications – In‐depth investigations of the ethical performance of humanitarian organisations are required. Practical implications – The paper addresses issues of analyses of problems, the measurement of effectiveness, the moral dilemmas incurred by aid agencies, and offers some suggestions for improvement. Social implications – Transparency would encourage greater contributions to the important work undertaken by these organisations. Originality/value – The moral obligations of humanitarian organisations are usually assessed in terms of their social impacts. This paper suggests that their future viability may also rest on their ability to demonstrate an ethical approach to their operations.

Journal

Journal of Financial CrimeEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 11, 2011

Keywords: Aid agencies; Ethics; Corruption; Humanitarian organizations; Measurement

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