Journey into the heart of a scandal: how UNOPS cheated donors, exploited the poor, and lost millions

I used a trip to India to see for myself how UNOPS’s social impact investing initiative for affordable housing via its partner SHS was doing. It wasn’t doing anything. The where did the money go?

Ten reasons why the World Bank and other donors must stop funding fraud-tainted UNOPS

Should the World Bank and other donors be bankrolling such as enterprise whose conduct would be considered completely unacceptable – and illegal, even criminal – in their own organisations and countries?

UNOPS reaction to likely fraud is too little, too late, too phoney

22 April 2022 – Mukesh Kapila If there was a competition for the least trustworthy communications from a development agency, the United Nations Office for Project Services would be the undoubted champion. Scrolling its website is a singularly uninformative experience. UNOPS has never been transparent about the ups and downs that are normal for anyContinue reading “UNOPS reaction to likely fraud is too little, too late, too phoney”

Hard times are normal times:  reflections on resilience to crises

What is resilience? In our age of severe and prolonged crises from repeated disasters and endless wars, we need a lot of resilience at policy, institutional and, above all, at personal level.

“We have screwed up really bad”, admits UNOPS Director

A senior director and member of the UNOPS Senior Leadership Team finally admits to fraud and corruption in the UN agency, led by Grete Faremo. We look into the roles of other senior leaders who aided and abetted this massive heist, in this fourth article under this series

The UNOPS Executive Director lies and covers up

22 March 2022 – Mukesh Kapila Grete Faremo, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services was economical with the truth when she addressed her Global Leadership Meetings on 9th and 16th March. That is a polite way of saying that she lied to her staff. The GLM was convened in panic afterContinue reading The UNOPS Executive Director lies and covers up