UNICEF national committee in Germany loses rating

21st February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The body that raises funds for the UN relief organization was stripped of its seal of approval.

Berlin -- The UNICEF national committee in Germany, one of about 37 bodies worldwide that raise funds for the UN relief organization, was stripped of its seal of approval from a German ratings agency.

DZI, the German national institute on social issues, which assesses the probity of charities, said it would not recommend donations to UNICEF because the committee had concealed commissions paid to fund-raisers.

The committee's national chairman and chief executive, Heide Simonis and Dietrich Garlichs, have already resigned amid complaints over the use of expensive consultants.

Berlin-based DZI called for a management shake-up at the Cologne- based committee, which is not under the day-to-day control of the UN Children's Fund.

"It's a blow. We weren't expecting this," said the UNICEF committee interim chairman, Reinhard Schlagintweit.

DPA with Expatica

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