Could Donations to Nepal go into the hands of the wrong people?
Nepal Aid Donors may halt fundraising amid fears Government will seize donations reports the Telegraph. Natalia from Iam Adventures Blog had contacted this issue this morning from an article in Direction Kathmandu. What the Government wants is for all the donations to go through the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. This causes fear of a slow down in the process of helping the public most in need of the aid and if there is corruption, it could cause a black hole in the donations.
If the government do go ahead with this plan and are caught in a corruption scandal, could it quicken the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC) and if circumstances have it could the Government of Nepal be the first to go on trial?
An article by Judge Mark Wolf on creating an International Anti-Corruption Court can be found in the Washington Post. If there is an International Criminal Court, what are the bottle necks of an Anti-Corruption Court to be formed?
If the process of Aid and Donations are delayed it affects the recovery of Nepal, especially before the dreaded monsoon season. We know from the World Bank the strength of development in Nepal has come from at the community level. The question is why have the government decided to create more work for themselves, a big headache for the International Aid Agencies and a slow down to aid the people who are in most in need?
Its a little weird after Nepal’s elderly Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala, had apparently admitted his government is overwhelmed and needs international aid as written in The Australian, is there someone else in the background advising on the policies?
The next International Anti-Corruption Convention is in Malaysia* from 2nd to 4th September. If the Nepalese Government does not help to improve the process by then, could the Countries providing aid and Aid Agencies raise the issue in the convention? What could the outcome be?
Could the International Media attention on the political instability issues with the current Government in Nepal, help to improve the Government to become more fair and help to push a New Constitution for the Nepalese public? This isn’t to say some people in the Government are not doing a good job, but the current news seems to simply imply they have made bad decisions.
We will see how things start to change with the disaster recovery, as people can learn from their mistakes. One thing, we are worried about is a black market which could be formed due to the government push on the donations going through the government accounts.
On the other hand the Associate Press has reported Nepal’s government is giving out 100,000 rupees ($1,000) to families of each of those killed in Saturday’s earthquake, and another 40,000 rupees ($400) for funeral costs, according to the state-run Radio Nepal. We wonder what the process is of obtaining the fund and when it will be available.
*No comments in regards to 1MDB and Najib Razak*
*ICC (International Criminal Court) is different to ICJ (International Court of Justice) the judicial branch of the UN*
*IACC would most likely be Intergovernmental and complement the national judicial system. The bottle neck could be the poor law and order of Nepal as reported in the World Bank. It could be difficult to complement a poor national judicial system*