Fighting Fraud in NGOs

Learning Opportunities


Fighting Fraud in NGOs

March 19, 2018 - 9:00am to March 20, 2018 - 5:00pm

Washington , DC , United States


Segun Olowookere

Language: English

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This 2-day workshop builds the skills and confidence of NGO managers and staff to prevent, detect and respond to fraud, making sure the organisation’s resources get to where they are most needed.  

Target Audience

NGO staff whose job it is to proactively manage the risk of fraud in their organisations. It is primarily aimed at:

  • senior managers of national NGOs, such as program, operations and finance managers, and
  • staff in international NGOs who work with local partners, such as desk officers and program managers.

Most relevant to NGOs with more than 12-15 staff or an annual budget of greater than USD 350,000. 

It may also be of interest to NGO internal auditors.

Key discoveries


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • explain what fraud is, and is not, and why people commit fraud
  • assess fraud risk in your programs, and develop controls to respond to the risks
  • detect fraud if it should occur, including setting up a ‘speaking up’ hotline
  • set up and provide guidance for a Fraud Response Team
  • effectively manage incidences of fraud, or allegations of fraud, taking actions which are appropriate, fair and firm
  • appreciate the benefits of fighting fraud, and being open with donors and staff if fraud happens.

Learning approach

Our training puts the learner at the center, using practical and fun learning activities supported by easy-to-use materials. We share tools and techniques that can be immediately used in your work.

CPE Credits

Participants at the workshop will earn 15.6 CPE credits and receive a certificate of attendance. The course level is Basic. The delivery method of this program is Group Live and the Field of Study is Specialized Knowledge.

Humentum is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Day 1

Introduction - overview of key concepts

  • Defining fraud and bribery
  • Why do people commit fraud?
  • The urgent need to fight fraud
  • The 5-part holistic framework 
  • What does fraud look like close up?

Deterrence - strategies to reduce fraud incidents

  • Content of key fraud policy documents
  • Setting behavior expectations with staff, partners, suppliers, and donors

Prevention - protecting and safeguarding assets against threats

  • Assessing and building partners' capacity to fight fraud
  • Identifying areas of high fraud risk
  • Designing out fraud risk in projects
  • Fraud prevention procedures and controls

Day 2

Detection - finding fraud if it is there 

  • Tell-tale signs of fraud
  • Setting up a 'Speaking Up' service 
  • Using budget monitoring reports
  • Beneficiary accountability 

Response - handling it well

  • Key actions in response to alleged fraud
  • Roles of the Fraud Response Team
  • Internal and external communications
  • Key elements in a fraud investigation
  • Taking appropriate actions and documenting learning

Culture - creating an environment where fraud cannot thrive

  • Integrating anti-fraud thinking
  • Dealing with staff resistance
  • Course review, certificates, and close

Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel/lodging arrangements. 

1120 20th St NW 
Suite 520S (Building 1)
Washington, DC 20036
The nearest Metro stop to the workshop is Farragut West on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines or Dupont Circle or Farragut North on the Red line. Find a map of the DC metro system here.

We have found that usually offers comparable or even lower rates than we are able to negotiate. We recommend attendees look for hotels in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Check out some suggestions for convenient hotels.