Oxfam Launches External Audit of Pakistan Flood Relief Program

Families take a boat to visit flooded villages in Sindh, Pakistan. Oxfam International has launched an audit of its flood relief program in the country. Photo by: Caroline Gluck / Oxfam / CC BY-NC-ND

Oxfam International said June 6 it had hired a private firm to conduct an “independent, external financial audit” of irregularities the organization found in a flood relief program led by Oxfam GB in the Pakistani province of Sindh.

“During our normal auditing process, we discovered some financial irregularities and suspect that some aid money may have been misappropriated,” Reuters quotes Tahseen Alam, Oxfam GB’s communications officer for South Asia.

Alam said approximately 2 percent of the organization’s total flood response in Sindh is unaccounted for. She added that the unaccounted funds may have been diverted by local charities that Oxfam had tapped to help implement its projects on the ground.

Oxfam International did not name any partner organizations that may have been involved in the financial irregularities.

“While the investigation is ongoing, it would be unfair to name any partners who may have been involved,” the organization said in a statement. “However, Oxfam GB will use every means to recover any money found to be missing.”

Oxfam International added that it will not make any new financial commitments pending the conclusion of investigation.

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