GIZ on alleged fraud: No comment

    Namibian currency. Photo by: Becky McCray / CC BY-NC-ND

    A German development aid agency is mired in controversy in Namibia: Days after rumors alleging funds mismanagement led to disengagement with the Millennium Challenge Corp. came out, a new report is placing one of its staff members on the spotlight for suspected fraud.

    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, or GIZ, has reportedly suspended its secretary for allegedly stealing some 50,000 to 70,000 Namibian dollars ($6,000 to $8,400), unnamed agency sources told Namibian weekly tabloid Confidente.

    Devex tried to confirm the allegations with GIZ Namibia, but the agency declined to comment.

    “We don’t have anything to say to that. I’m sorry,” a GIZ Namibia receptionist said. When pressed further, she said, “I was told that we don’t give out any information to the media about this matter.”

    Millennium Challenge Account-Namibia has been rumored to have parted ways with GIZ over fund irregularities and mismanagement. The account, however, dismissed the issue and said the decision was mutually agreed upon by both parties.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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