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Corruption happens. The important thing is how we tackle the situation and what we do to avoid similar situations in the future. Here, a small, Danish NGO shares its experience




 Photo: From development of the project in Ghana.


In 2004 a young Danish student, Ida Ries Waaddegaard, traveled to Ghana to work as a volunteer in the town of Dormaa Ahenkro in Western Ghana.


She liked it, but was shocked to see that many poor children did not go to school, and together with an enthusiastic Ghanaian, De-Graft Frimpong, Ida developed a dream of opening a local school to provide free education and a free daily meals for poor children. They set out to form partner NGOs, Papaye Ghana and Papaye Denmark. They mobilised Danes and Ghanaians who volunteered their work and time to mobilize members and raise funds. A school building was erected, teachers were hired, and teaching started.


Then, at what should have been an important meeting in Denmark on future visions for the partnership five years later, the dream turned sour: The Vice Chair of Papaye Ghana revealed to Papaye Denmark that the founding father of Papaye Ghana had embezzled about half of the entrusted funds.


The cooperation was suspended, and the school had to close.


What went wrong? What could have been done to stay on track?


Read the rest of the story here, and see what Papaye did.

Watch the two videos, where Papaye is explaining about the experience: 'The Dream' and 'The Break Down'.


Papaye Denmark has decided to speak openly about the case – hoping that others can learn from their experience. If you have comments, ideas or experiences with corruption you want to share with us, please contact us at cisu@cisu.dk.


Photo by Ida Ries Waaddegaard.



Papaye: 'The Dream'



Papaye: 'The Break Down'


Footage from Ghana by

Kasper Wind Nielsen

Where do you start?

Workshops on Corruption:

Learn about prevention via open discussions about dangers, procedures, interventions and dilemmas - before the organisation is infected.


Advice on how to take action:

Before you take action on cases of corruption, fraud or misuse of resources and power, you have to investigate the case - and you have to get the facts right.

Share your experience with us!

If you have comments, ideas or experiences with corruption you want to share, please contact us at cisu@cisu.dk


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Tel: 045 8612 0342, weekdays 10.00-15.00, Mail us at cisu@cisu.dk

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