UK to stop funding Malawian charity DAPP controlled by ‘cult’ whose leader is wanted by Interpol

The UK government is to stop giving money to Development Aid from People to People or DAPP charity in Malawi  following a BBC investigation which found it was under the control of a cult-like group.

DAPP Malawi, which provides education, health and agriculture assistance in the country
DAPP Malawi provides education, health and agriculture assistance in the country

Dapp, which runs education and health projects in the African country, has received millions of pounds in the last decade from the UK, EU and Unicef.

The Department for International Development has spent almost £6million funding the DAPP in Malawi. British officials have suspended funding and launched an investigation.

DAPP has links to the controversial Teachers Group, which has been investigated by the FBI and whose leader is wanted by Interpol over fraud allegations.

The BBC found that part of the funding it received found its way to the Teachers Group, with some Dapp staff handing over as much as 30% of their monthly salary to the group.

Founded in the 1970s, for years the Teachers Group has run a government-funded alternative school system, but in 2001 the Danish authorities raided its offices and charged its founder Mogens Amdi Petersen with fraud.

Found not guilty in 2006, he and some of his associates immediately left the country, but prosecutors appealed and the group are now wanted by Interpol.

It is thought they may have taken refuge in a massive luxury compound, worth an estimated £20m, on the Pacific coast in Mexico.

A spokeswoman for DFID said: “DFID has a zero tolerance approach to fraud and corruption – full stop. Payments to DAPP have been suspended and we encourage the BBC to share their evidence in full.”

A spokesperson from DAPP Malawi said: “Over the past 21 years, DAPP Malawi’s work has reached nearly 3 million people in Malawi, and at no time has donor funding ever been used for purposes other than those intended and agreed with donors.”

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5 years ago

mmmm chouluka chimatera basi la chi 40 lakwana . ine sindikudabwa kanthu with this organisation. agwireni onse. angovutisa anthu aku malawi ambiri okubawo are from neighboring countries hu are working as bwanaz in Dapp yo

Winston Msowoya
Winston Msowoya
5 years ago

The British people must by now acknowledge the fact that Malawi under the leadership of Peter Muthalika is one of the most corrupt nations in Africa.It doesn’t matter whether you are dealing with the Government directly or Charity organizations,they are all a rotten society.It is either you stop giving aid to Malawi or risk your tax-payers’ funds.Remember,once beaten twice shy.

5 years ago

Exactly, Winston. The British people, in the shape of DFID, the EU and the UN, will go on pouring money into leaking Malawi buckets until the cows come home. It doesn’t matter how many times they are told that the money goes into the pockets of all the wrong people. They want to look virtuous and measure their virtue in money.
Aid is BAD (however well-intentioned). It is a hard lesson.

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