The importance for Haiti is that the man Mr. Ahmed identifies as the main author of the retaliation is Eric Overvest, currently the UNDP Country Director in Haiti. The Government Accountability Project (GAP), which works to protect whistleblowers, issued a press release that states:
The move is a cause for concern as the ability of UNDP to monitor the disbursement of aid in Haiti has been severely compromised by the chaotic aftermath of the disaster.The UN says that their investigation of fraud showed no wrongdoing, however the investigation is not public. Shelley Walden of GAP told Reuters:
"To a certain extent, this is a semantic trick bag as, strictly speaking, no UN agency finds that corruption has occurred. UN investigators are not agents of law enforcement . . . Legally, UNDP neither clears nor arraigns anyone," she said. GAP urged the UNDP to make its report public.Mr. Ahmed's disclosures included "detailed information about corruption in the procurement process and support provided to a company suspected of links with terrorist organizations," according to GAP.
"In the absence of the investigative report, GAP cannot determine if there was a good faith effort to investigate Mr. Ahmed's disclosures," Walden told Reuters. "Indeed, a failure to disclose it suggests that UNDP is trying to hide something or inappropriately protect a malefactor."