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Beneficiary perceptions of corruption in humanitarian assistance: A Sri Lanka case study

August 2008 — By Samir Elhawary, M. M. M. Aheeyar

This case study, based on a number of chosen villages in Sri Lanka, examines the views of beneficiaries on corruption in the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It begins by outlining some of the corruption risks that agencies may face during emergency responses, particularly in conflict-affected countries. It then explores some of the perceptions of corruption voiced by the beneficiaries, and offers humanitarian agencies operating in such areas possible ways to minimise corruption risks in future humanitarian responses.