It is indubitable to adduce that the development agencies and civil society has a key
role to play in fighting corruption, with the aim of promoting good governance. For this role to be achieved, there is a need to fill the knowledge gaps in the scope of risk
assessment to consider whether their programmes are vulnerable to corruption, such
as theft or misappropriation of funds or in-kind goods by warring parties, real or
perceived inequities in the distribution of aid and sexual abuse and exploitation of
beneficiaries by agency or partner staff. While every situation is different, in all cases development agencies and civil societies have to balance their commitment to humanitarian principles with the need to
control the risk of corruption so as to be truly accountable to their beneficiaries, partners and donors.