UNDP refutes claims of spending without oversight

22 Aug 2014

UNDP strongly refutes recent media claims regarding programme oversight efforts in Somalia.

On 20 June 2014 UNDP’s Independent Office of Audit and Investigation (OAI) released an audit of the UNDP Country Office in Somalia, which covered UNDP’s activities in the country in 2013.

The overall audit rating given to the Office was “partially satisfactory”. Such a rating means “internal controls, governance and risk management processes were generally established and functioning.”

On 19 June 2013, halfway through the period covered by the audit, the UN compound in Mogadishu was attacked and eight UN staff and partners lost their lives. There followed a period of extreme turmoil in the wake of the attack. Disruption to UN humanitarian and development work in Somalia caused by this tragic event continues to reverberate to this day.

The OAI audit explicitly links its assessment of the acute security conditions in Somalia: “The low rate of implementation is the result of the difficult operating environment in the Country including the attack on the United Nations compound in Mogadishu in June 2013.”

That the audit nevertheless confirmed that oversight processes were generally established and functioning during such a period is testament to the commitment and hard work of UNDP staff operating such extreme conditions.

Audits are an essential part of our quality assurance mechanisms and are in place to ensure that the best possible management and oversight arrangements are in place. UNDP immediately takes remedial action on any and all issues raised in audits of its projects and programmes. In the case of Somalia, all issues raised by the audit are being addressed.

Following the establishment of the new Federal Government of Somalia, it is also time for development partners to change the way we do business in Somalia. UNDP is committed to actions to ensure that peace-building and state-building efforts are Somali-owned and Somali-led, in a way that was not possible during the previous long period of state collapse.