Corruption of oil for food program

Your editorial “The UN inquiries” rightly notes that the administrators of the Iraqi Oil-for-Food Program should have seen and stopped the kickbacks (OGJ, Jan. 24, p. 19). My experience, setting up budget control on a variety of oil related projects for UN Agencies, is that the kickbacks are seen and are reported. It is the UN management which actively ignores criticising their client countries. In every one there was blatant corruption involving the local government and contractors. The UN agencie’s permanent staff ignored formal reports detailing the misuse of funds. Funds supposedly directed to the poorest people in the world. One of the biggest abusers is currently i...

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