International aid efforts help the world's most vulnerable. They also create risks.
In order to provide humanitarian and development aid, organizations must have operations that obtain and distribute goods, services, and funds. Those operations can cause serious social and environmental harms.
Global supply chains for health products can rely on bribery, forced labor, child labor, and dangerous working conditions.
Aid product waste in the form of used or expired products can become a health and development burden on the recipients and their communities.
Staff can use their positions to exploit the people they are intended to help.
This means that well-meaning organizations, private donors, and governments can inadvertently enable human rights abuses, financial crimes, and environmental harms.
Organizations need basic policies and controls to avoid these problems.