Irish Aid to Uganda suspended – Reactions

27/10/2012 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

In October 2012, news broke that all Irish Aid payments to the Ugandan Government had been suspended pending further investigation of allegations that funds were misappropriated by the staff in the Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda.

By January 2013, the Ugandan Government had paid back the money, as reported in the Irish media:

The news also prompted a fierce debate in Ireland whether we should continue to give overseas aid, while Ireland itself is in a deep recession, and whether the aid was administered appropriately:

See also the (generally less savoury) comments on this article in The Journal (7 January).

This is how the news of the misappropriation/theft was covered at the time in the Irish media:

Also listen to this interview on RTÉ radio (around the 1 hour mark)

Then there’s also:

And here are some stories from African media outlets:

In our initial response, we stressed the importance of repayment of the money, and highlighted the fact that the fraud was uncovered by the Ugandan authorities themselves, following an investigation undertaken by the Ugandan authorities.

The fraud allegations arose from an audit undertaken by the Office of the Auditor General in Uganda – one of the institutions supported by Irish Aid. Just a few years ago, such open and independent scrutiny of governments in developing countries would have been unthinkable.

We also stressed that corruption is a serious development issue. Corruption hits the poorest hardest and undermines the spirit and the very objectives of all development work.

If this story has prompted you to read up on Corruption and Development, then check out these resources.

Also read:


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