Title

If You Can’t Afford To Do It Right The First Time… A Study on Procurement Procedures for Action Against Hunger’s Philippines Mission

Publication Date

4-1-2008

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

David Shallenberger

Abstract

In the hope of adding information to the quest of the pseudo-mythical “holy grail” of international non-profit organization (INGO) logistics department, I have asked the question, “Can ACF Philippines create the legendary ‘incorruptible procurement procedure’”? The Philippines is the perfect setting to put this question to task since it is one of the more corrupt countries in the world according to Transparency International. My culture of inquiry was based off of the following assumptions: (1) the Philippines is a corrupt country; (2) ACF has implemented procurement procedures that prevent the misappropriations of donor funds during purchasing; and (3) the national staff’s assumption that corruption is a cultural norm in the Philippines. I have proved that the Philippines is indeed corrupt and infects all levels of daily life, which in turn negatively affects the ACF Philippines staff, creating in principle a similar view of corruption with the INGO culture, but in practice having a much different approach from the concept of corruption. With ACF working in the Philippines, it creates the perfect case study to address the search for the ‘incorruptible procurement procedure.’ The question I posed and the research in interviews uncovered a theoretical possibility of having such a procedure put into place, but the suggestions I pose have yet to be put into practice and can be adapted easily enough in existing ACF procedures without re-writing the entire logistics management file. It might pose more problems in other INGO procurement procedures.

Disciplines

Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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