Friday 25 May 2018

Probe launched after aspects of GOAL Syrian aid allegedly mismanaged

Barry Andrews
Barry Andrews

US funding has been suspended after some aspects of the Syrian aid fund by Irish charity GOAL were allegedly mismanaged.

Goal has said it is  co-operating with an investigation by the US Inspector General into "alleged supply chain irregularities" relating to US-sponsored aid programmes in Syria.

"GOAL is co-operating fully with the authorities to ensure that all funding intended for humanitarian support is being applied to that end by all parties," a spokesman said.

In an interview on Morning Ireland, Chief Executive Barry Andrews said Goal itself was not under investigation.

“Goal is not under investigation, it is a wider investigation involving a number of parties. We are limited in what we can say. We are working with USAID on an hourly basis in an effort to have the suspension on our procurements lifted.”

He confirmed that a suspension on aspects of the GOAL programme is in place.

“There is a suspension in place now in regard to procurement to food and non-food items in the Goal Syria programme,” he said.

“We have engaged BDO to do an internal investigation to find whatever shortcomings or vulnerabilities we have in our procurement process.

He said the investigation was centre around “supply chain irregularities” and it “involved multi-parties”.

Mr Andrews said that the issue had been highlighted “about a month ago” and GOAL had suspended their own programmes before US Aid instructed them to do so.

“That happened about eight days ago. Since then we have been working very hard with US AID to keep the pipeline to Syria open."

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