The second involves the use of front companies to draw down money from donors, with the effect that NGOs receive more than they are legally entitled to. While some of the investigations were opened in 2001, OLAF has only now quantified how many are being undertaken. A total of 32 inquiries have been launched, with 25 of them still ongoing. OLAF had previously cited serious concerns about how EU humanitarian and development aid was suffering from “complex and well-organised” financial abuse when it published its annual report in November last year. The office reported that it had discovered how the tendency for aid schemes to receive funding from multiple sources “has increased the complexity of accounting and reporting requirements and so made it easier to divert funds for personal or criminal benefit”.But an OLAF spokesman said: “We don’t want to criminalise NGOs. There is a great merit to development aid and a very important value to their work. It just appears there are a few black sheep who shouldn’t have the right to get money illegally.” The non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under scrutiny are based in ten of the Union’s member states, including the UK and Italy, and are implementing EU-funded projects in all three of the world’s continents with the highest concentrations of poverty: Africa, Asia and Latin America. OLAF has declined to name any of the organisations involved but officials said that they are focusing on two main areas of concern.The first involves seeking ‘double funding’ from the EU budget and from another international donor for the same project.
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