FAFPI s a collective action uniting companies and organisations in the fight against demands for facilitation payments. Facilitation payments are a sign of corruption, and they need to be eradicated.
What are facilitation payments?
Definition of Facilitation Payment:
A small amount paid to a
government official to speed up the performance of a routine process to
which the payer is already legally entitled.
Facilitation payments can occur in many different situations, and they can be called by different synonyms depending on where you are. Therefore, they are a problem that can be difficult to trace and can leave space for escalation to different crimes: such as larger bribes, extortion, or security threats.
What do we do?
FAFPI collects data on when and where companies and organisations encounter demands for facilitation payments. In cooperation with our partners (e.g. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), FAFPI can direct the issue to relevant local authorities in the attempt to terminate the demands.
In a nutshell, FAFPI is both a network for sharing and building best practice in the fight against facilitation payments and a data-driven initiative to confront the problem.
How do we achieve change?
FAFPI will achieve change through its reporting mechanism. It was developed as a body of evidence for actual instances of facilitation payments, which any company can use. Most companies and organizations collecting data focus on hotspots. Also, most of the data collected in this way is built on perception rather than reality. FAFPI collects data on actual instances. It collects evidence.
By building this database, FAFPI can approach governments and present evidence for facilitation payments, which are considered crimes in most countries. Thus, by providing evidence of crimes being committed, FAFPI can be a lever for change by persuading government officials to act. This is the promise of FAFPI. And this is how we create change.
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Some countries do not consider facilitation payments as bribes. As long as these are not made to earn or keep business, or to create an undue advantage over another company or entity. In this article, we
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