Ensuring zero-tolerance for irregular practices
IFAD’s anticorruption policy establishes zero-tolerance for irregular practices in projects financed through IFAD loans and grants, whether supervised directly by the Fund or by a cooperating institution.
The Office of Audit and Oversight (AUO) has two sections:
- Internal Audit - provides independent and objective assurance and advisory services designed to add value and improve the operations of IFAD. It helps the Fund accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.
- Investigation – supports IFAD’s zero-tolerance policy towards fraud and corruption by reviewing and investigating possible or alleged irregular practices, including staff misconduct, fraud and corruption in IFAD activities. It actively promotes integrity, accountability, quality and continuous improvement in IFAD's operations.
How to report allegations of irregular practices
Irregular practices investigated by the Investigation Section (IS) of the Office of Audit and Oversight (AUO) include, but are not limited to:
Misconduct – IFAD staff members who engage in fraud and corruption are considered to have committed misconduct. Misconduct, however, is not limited to fraud and corruption. It includes all violations by a staff member of the rules of conduct, or standards of behaviour, prescribed by IFAD and the UN.
Fraud and corruption - include, but are not limited to the following:
- Corrupt practice: offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting, directly or indirectly, anything of value to improperly influence the actions of another party.
- Fraudulent practice: any act or omission, including a misrepresentation, that knowingly or recklessly misleads, or attempts to mislead, a party to obtain a financial or other benefit, or to avoid an obligation.
- Collusive practice: an arrangement between two or more parties designed to achieve an improper purpose, including inappropriately influencing the actions of another party.
- Coercive practice: impairing or harming, or threatening to impair or harm, directly or indirectly, any party or the property of the party to improperly influence the actions of a party.
- Conflict of Interest: a situation in which a party has interests that could improperly influence his or her performance of official or contractual obligations, or ability to comply with laws or regulations. If undeclared, the conflict may constitute a prohibited practice under the anticorruption policy.
- Other examples of fraud and corruption include: suspected contract irregularities and violations of IFAD's procurement guidelines, bid manipulation, bid collusion, fraudulent bids, kickbacks, bribes or gratuities for purposes such as influencing the awarding of contracts, abuse of authority, theft, embezzlement and misuse of funds and assets, and fraud in the claim of benefits and entitlements.
If you suspect wrongdoing or have an allegation to report, please fill out the complaint form below or contact the IFAD Office of Audit and Oversight, Investigation Section at tel: +39 06 54592888 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
File a complaint
The online Complaint Form allows you to report allegations of irregular practices through a secure and confidential form managed by IFAD.
Please provide as much information as possible including who, what, when, where, why and how. Allegations may be reported anonymously. However, we encourage you to provide your contact details in case we need more information. A lack of adequate information may limit the extent of the investigation. Please be assured that the information you provide will be treated with utmost confidentiality.