It is our declared vision to help and advocate for oppressed, neglected and marginalized people in poor countries, and to strengthen their opportunities to live a life in dignity. To reach that goal, we are entrusted with funds from a variety of donors. Therefore, DanChurchAid holds a great responsibility towards donors and beneficiaries to avoid corruption and to secure that the funds we manage are spent correctly and transparently and reaches the intended beneficiaries.
According to Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index, the countries that DanChurchAid operates in are among the countries in the world most prone to corruption. That is no coincidence, since corruption, poverty and weak public institutions often go hand-in-hand. This means, that corruption is a daily challenge faced by our staff and partners and we have to ensure, that they are all well prepared and ready to tackle that challenge.
We base our anti-corruption work on three principles:
In DanChurchAid we do a number of things to live up to our strong commitment to anti-corruption.
Our commitment to fight corruption and work against it in every way is communicated from the top in our learning and training material, along the same tone as this video-message from our Secretary General:
A central tool in DanChurchAid's anti-corruption set-up is a clearly formulated anti-corruption policy.
All employees have to adhere to the anti-corruption policy as part of their involvement with DanChurchAid.
As employees of DanChurchAid we are responsible for upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct. All employees have signed DanChruchAid Code of Conduct. It contains principles for the behaviour of staff in relation to e.g. alcohol, weapons, sexual exploitation and corruption.
Corruption is defined in our policy as "misuse of entrusted power for private (or organisational) gain”.
The anti-corruption policy contains six principles that promote anti-corrupt behaviour and guidance on how to handle corruption, should it occur:
The anti-corruption policy is so far translated into Danish, English, French, Russian, Myanmar, Khmer and Spanish.
You can read and download them by clicking on the arrow below.