In pursuance of the continued partnership between the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), the National Authorizing Office (NAO) and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) in ensuring transparency and accountability in the management and utilization of donor funds, a day’s stakeholders workshop on the utilization of donor funds was held on Monday 13th October 2008 at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown.
National Public Procurement Authority Chief Executive Officer, Alfred Kandeh said the workshop is aimed at enhancing the capacity of key players and decision makers in the management, utilization and monitoring of all donor funds as a critical aspect of national development.
“The subject of donor funds has been widely misunderstood by people and project coordinators as they are of the belief that donor funds can be used without proper monitoring from the government,” he said, adding that these funds are given for specific projects from development partners which are different from that of the consolidated fund.
Desk Officer in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Swalihan Jusu says non governmental organizations are independent, not for profit making, non political and charitable organizations with the primary objective of enhancing social, cultural and economic well being of communities.
He says it is a must for non governmental organizations to discuss their projects with the relevant line ministries prior to implementation.
“The Government of Sierra Leone is committed in supporting the principle of participation in the formulation of projects,” he said, while adding that projects should be in line with the developmental aspirations of the government.
Anti Corruption Commission Monitoring and Compliance Specialist, Mr. Patrick Monrovia says donor funds are not private monies neither are they favors for implementing organizations, government agencies, NGO and private sectors.
“The ACC has the responsibility to prevent corruption as far as the utilization of these funds is concerned,” he said, adding that it is the primary objective of the commission to uphold transparency and accountability