Sida tells Mozambique province: We want our money back

    The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency is seeking to recoup some of the aid provided to the Mozambican province of Niassa, which it said was lost to corruption and mismanagement.

    The amount of 3.3 million Swedish kronor (roughly $471,000) represents one-tenth of Sida’s funding to the Niassa provincial government from 2007 to 2010.

    In a June 19 press release, Georg Andrén, who heads the development partnerships department at Sida, said the agency’s audits for the period in question cited incidents of incompetence, negligence and use of unscrupulous suppliers.

    Andrén stressed Sida can never tolerate the use of its funds beyond their purpose. Recognizing the risk of corruption in many poor countries, he said the challenge for Sida is to manage such risk and take decisive action when it suspects wrongful doing.

    The agency has also asked the Mozambican government to act against people involved in the irregularities.

    Sida has been providing aid to Niassa, Mozambique’s poorest province, for more than a decade. The funds support a variety of projects aimed at improving infrastructure and public services.

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