MCA Nambia and GIZ-IS part ways, but not over ‘fund irregularities’

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    The Millennium Challenge Account Namibia and a project contractor for a communal land project in the African nation have mutually agreed to part ways, contrary to reports that the account disengaged with the company over alleged corrupt practices.

    MCA Namibia is “not aware of any irregularities or fund mismanagement” by former Communal Land Support project contractor GIZ International Services, according to a press release. It also dismissed reports of “any pending investigation” concerning GIZ-IS.

    The statement was in response to an article published in New Era, a government-owned newspaper in Namibia. Unnamed sources claimed MCA Namibia ended the contract after it discovered “irregularities” and “mismanagement” of funds by GIZ-IS officials — money meant for the CLS project, which aims to improve land administration in the country by helping implement Namibia’s Communal Land Reform Act in 2003.

    The contract ended because the “two organizations do not share a common vision and interpretation of the project objectives,” according to the press release. MCA Namibia, however, “intends” to continue with the project and may request for proposals for other services “in the near future,” a Millennium Challenge Corp. representative told Devex.

    The project was officially launched in 2010 and is set to end in 2014.

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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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