29 August 2022 – Mukesh Kapila In exposing misconduct and mismanagement at UNOPS through a dozen or so articles in this series, some common themes have emerged to explain how egregious misdeeds including profiteering, fraud, and corruption got embedded at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), enabled by an unaccountable leadership that enjoyedContinue reading “Is the UNOPS reform glass half-full or half-empty?“
How did the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) make the money that allowed it to construct the fraud-ridden and corruption-infested S3i enterprise? A key trail leads to Geneva – the centre of a remarkably brazen enterprise generating immoral profits.
8 June 2022 – Mukesh Kapila My previous article described the UNOPS Executive Board briefing on 16th May. It also referenced strong criticisms made by many Member-States who have belatedly recognised the mismanagement, misconduct, and potential fraud at UNOPS. Finland was particularly outraged because it was conned into hosting the office of S3i – theContinue reading “UNOPS must stop lying and remove all its fraud-enabling Senior Leadership Team￼”
Come what may, sooner or later, UNOPS will find that history has to be squared. It cant be brushed under the carpet.
25 May 2022 – Mukesh Kapila I have found over past weeks that professional circles familiar with the multilateral United Nations system tend to see or excuse its transgressions in nuanced terms. It is as if the complexity of the contexts in which the UN functions confuses their moral direction-finder. Perhaps a weary cynicism andContinue reading “What the UNOPS scandal teaches about multilateral vulnerabilities and reforms￼”
How do you subvert an organisation from inside, surely and systematically, and turn it into an instrument of your supreme will? UNOPS provides a salutary example.
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?
The Executive Director of UNOPS, Grete Faremo is thrown out of office in disgrace.
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?
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￼”