What to report to the Office of Audit and Oversight

The Investigation Section (IS) of the Office of Audit and Oversight (AUO) investigates all allegations of irregular practices relating to all activities financed and/or managed by the Fund at its headquarters and through its loans and grants, where IFAD staff, consultants, project parties, contractors/suppliers, or bidders are involved.  Irregular practices include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Misconduct – IFAD staff members who engage in fraud and corruption are considered to have committed misconduct.  Misconduct, however, is not limited to fraud and corruption, and includes all violations by a staff member of the rules of conduct or standards of behaviour prescribed by IFAD and the UN.


  • Fraud and corruption -  include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Corrupt practice: the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting, directly or indirectly, anything of value to influence improperly the actions of another party. 
    • Fraudulent practice: any act or omission, including a misrepresentation, that knowingly or recklessly misleads, or attempts to mislead, a party to obtain a financial or other benefit or to avoid an obligation.
    • Collusive practice: an arrangement between two or more parties designed to achieve an improper purpose, including influencing improperly the actions of another party.
    • Coercive practice: impairing or harming, or threatening to impair or harm, directly or indirectly, any party or the property of the party to influence improperly the actions of a party.

Examples of fraud and corruption  include: suspected contract irregularities and violations of IFAD's procurement guidelines, bid manipulation, bid collusion, fraudulent bids, kickbacks, bribes or gratuities for purposes such as influencing the awarding of contracts, abuse of authority, theft, embezzlement and misuse of funds and assets, fraud in the claim of benefits and entitlements.


  • Conflict of Interest - is a situation in which a party has interests that could improperly influence his/her performance of official or contractual obligations or compliance with laws or regulations, and if undeclared, such conflict may constitute a prohibited practice under the anticorruption policy.