Q&A: ASI program head speaks out on Syria aid scandal

A view of Aleppo, Syria. Photo by: Sebastien Dechamps / CC BY-NC-ND

LONDON  — One of the United Kingdom government’s main aid contractors, Adam Smith International, is under fire again.

This week, investigative TV show BBC Panorama aired a documentary accusing the implementer of failing to tackle corruption in an aid program it runs in Syria, and alleging that a small portion of funds had reached the hands of a terrorist group, Nour al-Din al-Zenki, after being extracted from the Free Syria Police — an unarmed civilian police force that the program supports. Panorama also claims that FSP officers cooperated with courts involved in human rights abuses, and that two of their officers were present when two women were stoned to death.

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    Molly Anders is a U.K. Correspondent for Devex. Based in London, she reports on development finance trends with a focus on British and European institutions. She is especially interested in evidence-based development and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovative financing for the protection of migrants and refugees. Molly is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied Arabic in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.