Reporting Sanctionable Practices

The African Development Bank Group mobilizes and allocates funds to regional member countries towards catalyzing socioeconomic progress on the continent. In order to achieve this mission, it is important that these funds be used for the purposes for which they were intended. The Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department safeguards the AfDB’s mandate by preventing and detecting corruption, fraud and other harmful practices, defined as sanctionable practices. 

While IACD is the centre of the Bank’s fight against these harmful practices, the Bank recognizes that fighting against fraud and corruption is a collective effort. Consequently, in addition to its independent reviews, IACD strongly encourages persons involved in operations financed by the Bank Group to report suspicious activities. IACD.2 is the primary recipient of these allegations and will accept all information, whether provided anonymously or otherwise. IACD encourages complainants to provide identifying information that allows the Department to seek clarification of information received. 

What to Report

IACD urges persons with knowledge of sanctionable practices relating to internal corporate procurement issues and operations financed by the Bank Group to report that information. The Bank recognizes five sanctionable practices: corruption, fraud, coercion, collusion, and obstructive practices. IACD also regularly updates a list of indicators of sanctionable practices

How to Report

IACD encourages detailed information in reports that allege the occurrence of sanctionable practices. Complainants may use the following questions as guidelines in making reports:

  • What occurred? Provide a full description of the events with relevant details. Please note that summaries may omit relevant information.
  • When did the event occur? Please state the date, time and other identifying information.
  • Where did it occur? Kindly clearly identify the location or event where you believe the sanctionable practices have occurred. Include details such as country, state, region, office, sector, where applicable. 
  • Who are the individuals and/or entities involved? Please provide names and details of the persons or firms whom you believe are involved, implicated in, or have knowledge of the alleged sanctionable practices. 
  • How does it apply to the Bank Group? Explain how the allegation relates to its internal corporate procurement issues or operations financed by the Bank Group.

While IACD recognizes that complainants may not have complete information on the allegations made, it is important that complaints are made truthfully, accurately and given in good faith. Complaints may be made through secured means, including hotlines, facsimile numbers, email, the Bank’s website, and in person, at any time of the day. Please refer to the contact page for more information. 

Confidentiality Concerns

IACD encourages complainants to provide identifying information. Identifying information will enable IACD to request additional information and clarification for effective investigations of the allegations. IACD treats information received in the strictest confidence. Information relating to investigations are limited and circulated only on a need-to-know basis. 

Further, the Bank has issued a Whistle Blower Complaints and Handling Policy that enhances the corporate governance process and protects complainants from reprisals. IACD manages this policy, and protects whistle blowers.