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What is corruption?

Corruption means the abuse of power for private gain.

A health officer demands money for services which are supposed to be free.
A politician changes a law to favor their financial supporters.

Why should you care about corruption?

  • Corruption adds significant costs to the price of doing business.
  • Corruption steals resources from the fight against the three diseases.
  • Corruption prevents fair competition to provide goods and services.
  • Corruption damages a country’s social and economic health.

What is the cost of corruption

  • $1 trillion in bribes are paid each year
  • Total cost of corruption worldwide equals 5% of global GDP ($2.6 trillion)
  • Corruption adds up to 10% to the total cost of doing business globally

How do you spot corruption?

  • A significant improvement in lifestyle without explanation.
  • Owning property or high-value items that do not match the salary of the person and without other explanation (such as inheritance).
  • Procurement officials who fail to complete conflict of interest forms.
  • Procurement officials who act above or below their normal duties during a contract award.
  • A government official is given additional money to perform their duties.
  • Excessive presents are given from suppliers such as paid vacations, luxury goods and expensive liquor.

Report corruption

Anyone can report fraud and abuse to the Office of the Inspector General. Our anonymous reporting channels are designed to be:


Report online in a simple form, available in English, French, Spanish and Russian

Email your allegation to

Some of the most common types of fraud and abuse are listed below. But this doesn’t cover everything. Learn more in "what to report."

  • Stealing money or medicine

  • Fake invoicing

  • Staging of fake training events

  • Counterfeiting drugs

  • Irregularities in tender processes

  • Bribery and kickbacks

  • Abuse of power or authority for personal gain

  • Conflict of interest

  • Personal use of assets

Please, make your report as specific and complete as possible using the following questions as a guide:

  • What is the type of wrongdoing you are reporting?

  • What happened exactly? Please provide details.

  • Where and when did it take place?

  • Who was involved? Please share full name, title, and office.

  • How did you become aware of this wrongdoing? Did you witness it?

  • Do you have evidence of this wrongdoing? (Please provide any evidence that you have) Do you know if evidence exists? How do you know, and where can we find it?

  • Who else knows? Can we contact them? (Please provide their contact details)

  • Why do you think it should be investigated?

  • Do you have any other relevant information?

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) guarantees protection of your identity. If you make a report in good faith, no retaliation will be tolerated. You can remain anonymous regardless of how you choose to report fraud or abuse. Please note, however, that if the OIG cannot contact you for further information or for clarification, it can sometimes make it difficult to investigate your report further.

If you want to remain anonymous, you may use the online form to report your claim. When you complete the online form, you will receive a personal identification number that will allow you to check for updates while at the same enabling the Global Fund to ask follow-up questions. All online submissions are managed by an independent company, which does not turn over your personal information to the OIG.

If you do provide your personal details when making a report, the OIG will not disclose them unless you give your explicit consent.

As soon as possible. Grant recipients are obligated to inform the Office of the Inspector General of all allegations of fraud and abuse as soon as it is known.

Staff at the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will screen your report to determine the most appropriate action. This could lead to an investigation by OIG staff or a referral to national authorities. Alternatively, where appropriate, the matter may be referred to other areas of the Global Fund for action.