Does business know best? Strengthening the management of fraud risk within development sector relationships using commercial insight

Manning, Paul (2011) Does business know best? Strengthening the management of fraud risk within development sector relationships using commercial insight. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation critically evaluates the extent to which commercial good practice can improve the management of fraud risk within the development sector. It is vital for its very existence that international development enjoys the confidence of its many stakeholders, including both the taxpayers and others who provide its funding and the communities where its work can be vital to providing life-enhancing and even life-saving assistance. And central to that confidence is the assurance that monies intended for the poor and disadvantaged will reach those in need and will achieve the looked-for results, rather than being diverted to less-deserving pockets by fraud and abuse. Yet fraud in international development is a hitherto under-researched subject, and there is a gap in the literature precisely because there is a gap in professional practice. This research project starts to address these gaps by drawing on commercial case studies supported by an extended literature review to identify effective approaches and methodologies for managing fraud risk in the private sector, to explore the extent to which these good practices have so far been shared between commerce and the international development community, and to identify further opportunities for productive lesson-learning. It concludes that whilst development agencies are already successfully deploying many leading-edge practices in their fight against fraud, there are many more lessons to be learned from commercial experience. But any private sector prescription for the development milieu must take account of the real differences between the two sectors, and of the proven limitations on the efficacy of private sector practices in the face of environmental factors such as systemic government corruption. The paper ends with an argument for further research: no longer should fraud be the ‘poor relation’ of corruption for development academics or practitioners.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 14:27
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:50

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