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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:

  1. We believe it is important that everyone has sufficient and specific knowledge about corruption and anti-corruption
  2. We encourage an open dialogue around the dilemmas associated with anti-corruption
  3. Transparency and accountability has to be at the core of everything we do.

Anti-corruption in DanChurchAid

In DanChurchAid we do a number of things to live up to our strong commitment to anti-corruption. 

A strong tone from the top

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 clear policy

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:

  • Conflicts of interest
  • Abuse of power and extortion
  • Fraud and Embezzlement
  • Bribery (and facilitation payment)
  • Nepotism and favouritism
  • Gifts and Hospitality

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. 

Education, advice and information

As a part of introducing the anti-corruption policy, we require that all members of staff complete our eLearning on anti-corruption. We have put great effort in to designing a course that is interactive, entertaining and at the same time provides knowledge and tools for handling corruption and putting our anti-corruption policy in to practice. The aim is to bring the policy to life, and give our colleagues a sense of how and why it is relevant in so many everyday situations.

We also offer training, advice and support to our implementing partner-organisations. At the country-level, all our offices have an appointed anti-corruption focal point who is responsible for training and acts as a local advisor on anti-corruption.

Staff, partners and other stakeholders are invited to seek advice and guidance from our global anti-corruption adviser or the anti-corruption focal point at our country offices.

Networks and collective action

In order to develop and maintain a certain standard in accountability and transparency, DanChurchAid is certified by Core Humanitarian Standard

We also engage in various networks related to anti-corruption and accountability. We were active in the Danish committee that supported the development of the ISO Standard 37001 on anti-bribery management systems. Finally, we are members of Transparency International Denmark (website in Danish).

Confidential and safe mechanism for reporting concerns

DanChurchAid has a confidential system for filing complaints. The complaint mechanism is open to many types of complaints, including non-sensitive complaints about our work, but it is a key element of how we handle corruption cases and cases of suspected corruption.

Read more about our complaints handling system here >

Read more about what to do if you have encountered corruption, or have substantial suspicion about corruption directly or indirectly involving DanChurchAid >>

All employees and managers in DanChurchAid who receive a sensitive complaint are required to inform the nearest manager and submit the complaint via this system. Likewise, partners and all others are encouraged to use the system if they suspect corruption related to DCAs work.

No anonymity is offered but full confidentiality is ensured and the mechanism has been approved by the Danish Data Inspectorate for responsible handling of sensitive data.

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By submitting a complaint, you accept DCA's Complaint Handling System by which the complaint will be processed. 

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Transparency and reporting

In DanChurchAid we take pride in full transparency about our work, including anti-corruption. We therefore report continuously on the concerns related to corruption that we have addressed through our system.

Once a year we publish a complaints report, which gathers information and conclusions on all the complaints and reports we have received during a year. The annual report is published every July in the following year.

You can view reports on current cases of corruption and download the full complaints reports here >>

More information

You are welcome to contact us if you have comments or wish to know more about our work with anti-corruption

Anti-corruption Adviser
Isabella Hjorth-Falsted
Phone: +45 3315 2800

Secretary General
Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen