How does Womankind guard against corruption?
There have been some concerns in the media today about UK aid failing to reach the people it’s meant to help because of corruption, especially in post-conflict countries. How does Womankind make sure our funds get to those who need them?
All in the approach
We’re always talking about the benefits of working in partnership with local organisations. One of the great benefits of the Womankind approach is how it helps us to safeguard against corruption, even in politically unstable situations.
Womankind enables women in developing countries to join together as they try to change things in their own lives. We are always guided by ordinary women in a specific context and what they want to change.
Absolutely no money to leaders or governments
We work with local community groups to develop a range of practical solutions around local conditions, providing funding and support, and regularly visiting to monitor and evaluate the differences being made in women’s lives.
All funds transferred to other countries by Womankind Worldwide go directly to women’s organisations and we have stringent systems in place to ensure it is all used as intended. This means that we give absolutely no money to leaders or governments.
We undertake due diligence procedures when we begin working with partners to avoid risk of fraud and corruption. Our partners account for all the funds they have spent, and the finances of all our projects are monitored closely, and subject to regular financial evaluations. In addition to this, our partners are required to obtain an external audit for each project they undertake and Womankind itself is subject to independent monitoring.
Working with the backdrop of conflict
We know from experience how vital it is that women’s voices are part of post-conflict reconstruction and are determined to support the women fighting for support and justice for survivors of violence, no matter what challenges the context sets us.
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