June 6

GiveDirectly Loses $900,000 in DRC Mobile Cash Fraud

By Jacob Goldberb

GiveDirectly, a leading distributor of cash aid, has suspended all its active operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where at least $900,000 was allegedly stolen by staff or former workers in a large-scale fraud that penetrated every department of the country office.

The fraud involved GiveDirectly staff stealing SIM cards that impoverished households were meant to use to receive mobile money transfers from the nonprofit organisation.

Photo courtesy of Alexander Andrews.

Source: The New Humanitarian (link opens in a new window)

Technology, Telecommunications
cash transfers, failure, mobile finance, nonprofits