The state-run aid agency. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix.

Aid agency gets twice as many reports of corruption

Reports of suspected corruption and irregularities within the framework of the Swedish International Cooperation and Development Agency, SIDA's, international operations have increased dramatically.

However, Sweden's aid organ explains the rise of reports as having partly to do with a new system for whistleblowers, and partly to do with employee training in anti-corruption.

"The reason for the increase is, therefore, not that corruption has risen in SIDA's partner countries," writes Sida in its yearly report for 2012. That year, SIDA demanded about 54 million SEK back from its cooperation partners.

In 2012, the agency received 120 reports of suspected corruption or irregularities, while the year before, it received 53, according to news agency TT.

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