The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation’s anti-corruption policy
Corruption is a severe hindrance to development. Fighting corruption is crucial to promote democratic political systems.
The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation therefore maintains a policy of zero-tolerance of corruption.
Corruption can be manifested in various ways, with the common characteristic that it entalis the misuse of power or money to pursue personal or economic gains.
So-called kick-backs, that someone receives funds in an illicit manner, and nepotism are two modes of corruption that merit particular attention when working with political parties in developing countries.
It is important the the Foundation’s projects are carried out in a responsible manner, in order to prevent corrupt practices. While well-functioning political parties are essential to establishing democratic governance and battling misrule, political parties and their representatives have in many countries shown to be susceptible to corruption. As we are familiar with our partners and pay close attention to possible warning signals, we minimise the risk of corruption. Futhermore the Foundation and its volunteers minimises these risks by being concious of which risks are associated with working in certain countries and by taking into account the various kinds of corruption.
The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation’s policy of zero-tolerance against corruption entails tht the Foundation’s staff and volunteers shall make sure to:
– never participate in any form of corrupt practice, whether with economic means or other benefits,
– always react against suspected misdeeds,
– never use a position of power to give oneself or anyone else benefits that they would not have under normal circumstances, and
– always behave in a way that is not perceived as setting demands or expectations of services or benefits that they would not have under normal circumstances.
Checklist for preventing corruption:
1. Open dialogue
To maintain an open dialogue with our partners about matters of corruption and misrule as well as supporting openness and transparency. That way we make our partners attentive to corruption-related challenges and support their development of internal systems of governance and control.
2. Assessment of budgets
The relation between budgeted costs and any given activity are asssessed by the Foundation’s staff. The more specific the budget, the smaller the risk of corruption. We assess whether the budgeted costs are reasonable given the price levels in the country at hand.
3. Conducting activities
We strive to always have a project manager or another representative present at all of our activities. We do this in order to make payments directly to the deliverer of services or goods, as well as to make sure that the actual costs match with what has been agreed to in the project budget.
4. Participant selection
By not providing economic reimpursement for anything other than travel and other costs directly related to the given activity, we minimise the risk of corruption.
During trips abroad or other sought-after seminars there is always a risk that the selection of participants is influenced by nepotism. We prevent this by engaging in an open dialogue with our partners and by making sure that there are no participants who do not belong to the activity’s target group.
The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation enables reporting of suspected corruption or other misdeeds by linking the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency’s (SIDA) whistleblower function.
Report suspicions of corruption or other misdeeds directly to the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation or to SIDA by clicking here.