Executive resigns at German UNICEF national committee

11th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The body has faced scandals over fees and salaries over the past year.

Berlin -- The chief executive of the UNICEF national committee in Germany, Dietrich Garlichs, has offered his resignation, a spokeswoman at the Cologne office of the fund-raising body said.

The committee, one of 37 round the world which collect donations for aid projects run by the UN children's fund, has faced controversy over the salaries of its staff and fees for consultants.

Critics had accused Garlichs of wasting donations, saying other relief groups operated with lower overheads.

"Without a doubt, the German committee of UNICEF finds itself in crisis," a new chairman, Reinhard Schlagintweit, said in Berlin on Wednesday after reports that 5,000 out of 200,000 registered supporters had halted contributions.

Schlagintweit pledged greater transparency but he emphatically denied there had been any fraud.

Schlagintweit's predecessor, Heide Simonis, resigned at the beginning of the year after allegations that external consultants had been paid disproportionate sums for their services.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has made it known that she is following developments at the organization "very closely."

DPA with Expatica

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