More than 150,000 people living in Chad received life-saving UK aid including emergency food, through the PS4.4 million fund that was recovered in a corruption investigation that was brought to the attention of the Serious Fraud Office.
The money was seized from corrupt transactions involving staff and companies at the Chadian Embassy in Washington. This was the first time that the UK had agreed to channel money from a civil matter into crucial global aid projects.
The funding will be used to provide food rations, cash assistance and medical assistance to vulnerable people in Chad which has one of the highest levels of poverty in the world.
Vicky Ford, UK Minister for Africa She said:
We have ensured that the money from corrupt deals has been utilized to provide life-saving help for more than 150,000 people living in Chad.
With our international partners With our partners around the world, the UK will always stand against corruption.”
The funds have also been used to help Chad’s COVID-19 effort and to provide crucial humanitarian assistance to over 150,000 people including malnourished children through partners on the ground like WFP, ICRC and UNICEF.
Additionally, UK aid through CARE International also provided cash assistance to 1,600 households, which allowed them to purchase essential supplies like food and shelter materials as well as improved access to safe drinking water for 10,000 people.
During the pandemic, the funds were used to finance the deployment of an UK Emergency Medical Team (UK EMT) comprising seven medical professionals to two hospitals in N’Djamena the capital of Chad.
While there, they supported the care of patients suffering from COVID-19. They also assisted in helping train local medical staff on how to treat patients suffering from the virus as well as provide high quality hygiene and sanitation methods to prevent its spread.
On top of this the additional assistance to local NGOs has reached more than 1 million people to reduce the spread of COVID-19 which included the distribution of protective medical and clothing kits to more than 10,000 people.
When the PS4.4 million profits from the illegal share transactions entered the UK’s jurisdiction the SFO initiated civil recovery proceedings and the profits have been used to fund projects since the beginning of 2018 to help the most vulnerable people in Chad.
UK Serious Fraud Office said:
We are both extremely proud of the fact that the illicit funds seized by the Serious Fraud Office were now distributed to the Chadian people.
The money that we took was a righteous investment in projects for humanitarian aid and not on corrupt officials’ pockets.
Our dedicated staff is experts in their field and are devoted to recover criminals’ illicit gains and deliver justice for victims, wherever they may be.
- The trial – Saleh v Director of the SFO was the latest in a series of previous appeals against the Property Freezing Order which can be found here.
- More details on the SFO case against Chad Oil can be found here.
- The PS4.4m funds are broken down as follows:
- ICRC received PS0.2m for assistance in times of need, including protection actions
- UNICEF received PS1.8m for nutrition support
- WFP was granted PS1.3m to provide food assistance
- To fight Covid-19 – PS350,000 was used for the deployment of a UK Emergency Medical Team and PS755,176 went to the UK aid Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa program in Chad.
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