Question this manager is pondering: Are our controls good enough to prevent something like this from happening in our field programs?
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A few articles to follow up on the accusations a World Vision manager allegedly routed aid money to a terrorist organization.
- Looks like the situation with the Gaza branch of World Vision could turn into an accounting argument.
- Response from World Vision.
- Other aid workers charged.
- Finally, more questions for managers and finance teams to ponder.
A number of public comments on twitter are claiming the total budget for the Gaza branch is only $2.2M a year.
Some people making this comment usually continue the discussion by calling into question the entire set of accusations from the Israeli government because the current claim is the manager diverted approximately $7 million a year.
This position implies that accusations of diverting $7M a year when the budget is only $2.2M means the accusations are untrue.
8/8 – AP, The Big Story – World Vision: Israeli charges based on “huge gap” in numbers – Article points out the intelligence agency accuses the program manager of diverting food, agricultural equipment, and medical supplies in addition to currency. That means there was in-kind material as well as heavy equipment.
The accounting argument appears towards the end of the article. A Foreign Ministry representative is guessing that the stated budget does not include in-in-kind donations.
A World Vision representative in Germany says the budget of $22.2M for the Gaza office over the last decade does include in-kind materials.
So, we may wind up with this being an accounting issue in addition to a loaded political issue on top of an alleged defalcation issue carrying over into alleged terrorism funding issue.
8/9 – Al Jazeera – Christian charity ‘top of Israel’s target list’ – It will help you filter news you hear about the manager of the Gaza office if you keep in mind the visible political agenda you will see in much reporting.
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