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UNDP Spent $567,000 on Book to Praise Itself, While the Well-Placed Feed Off UNDP's Core Budget and Prime Postings

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN - Fifth in a series

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 4, lighted edited Dec. 14 --  As more and more information arrives in the wake of the last week's re-assignment of Brian Gleeson, the head of the UN Development Program's Office of Human Resources last week, Inner City Press on Monday sought the history of a history of UNDP. The author of a recent book, "UNDP: A Better Way?" thanks as his first acknowledgement "UNDP's past administrator Mark Malloch Brown, who hired me to write this history. He offered the unbeatable combination of... a good salary and travel budget."

   Mr. Malloch Brown having declined, at 10:44 a.m., to take questions, Inner City Press at noon reiterated the question to the Secretariat's spokesman: how did Malloch Brown decide to have this glowing history writing, how was the author selected and how much was he paid? Inner City Press had asked this question in writing, of the Spokesman and UNDP, on Friday, December 1.

            Eighty hours after the question and five others were asked, the following came in:

Subject: RE: Questions on deadline for UNDP: financial, hiring practices, complaints of harassment

From: _ @undp.org   To: Inner City Press
Sent: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 7:38 PM

 As promised earlier today, please find below responses to three of the questions you sent us on 1 December:

 Question: Please disclose how much UNDP money, and from what source or channel, was used to produce "The United Nations Development Programme: A Better Way?" by Craig N. Murphy.

 Answer: This two-year project, which kicked off in summer 2004 following a competitive application and interview process leading to Mr. Murphyís appointment as the official UNDP Historian, cost $567,379. Of this total, $252,000 in salary was paid to the author over the course of 21 months, $87,639 went to the project coordinator, $91,559 went to research and editing, $37,299 was devoted to travel for interviews, and $26,752 for office space. UNDP paid the book's publisher, Cambridge University Press, $55,452 for copies of the book for distribution to UNDP's partners and wider network, e.g. libraries. Miscellaneous expenses have accounted for $16,678 in expenditure. UNDP's financial support to the book came from the organizationís regular resources. Cambridge paid publicity and marketing costs.

            "Regular resources" appears to mean UNDP's core budget, money the goal of which is assistance to the poor. Inner City Press is still waiting to learn UNDP's source of funds for Jeffrey Sachs' $75,000 a year, or, separately, the source and possible reimbursement of Daily Sustenance Allowance (DSA) paid to well-connected UNDP officials for example in Bratislava.

Daily Sustenance Allowance Abuse: An Austro-Slovak Example

   Sources in Central Europe tell Inner City Press that of a director of the Bratislava UNDP Center who organized his commuting life between that city and Vienna in order to maximize his DSA pay-outs, as high at $300 a day. This individual charged the UN the daily allowance as if he was in Bratislava although he was in his home in Vienna, without those costs.

            His successor Ben Slay reversed the process, according to sources. Wanting for personal reasons to be in Vienna, he had UNDP open an office for him there. (Among other things, the English language schools were said to be better in Vienna than Bratislava.) Meanwhile he collected the DSA for his posting in Vienna. Nice work if you can get it, at a certain level of UNDP, if protected by Administrators of the present or immediate past.

[Note of December 14: Earlier this evening the following came in:

Subject: UNDP responses
From: cassandra.waldon [at] undp.org
To: Inner City Press
Sent: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 7:00 PM

Dear Matthew, regarding the allegations relating to the Bratislava Regional Centre, Ben Slay has not collected any improper daily sustenance allowance at any time. We find no suggestion that his predecessor did, either, but because his tenure ended some time ago, we are pulling additional records out of storage to confirm this. The Vienna office you appear to be making reference to opened before Ben Slay even arrived as Director of the Bratislava Centre. Ben Slay sometimes works from the Vienna office. He does not collect DSA for doing so.

         There. One might ask why the "Director of the Bratislava Center" "works from the Vienna office." One might asked -- and we will -- whether, rather than Daily Subsistence Allowance, which is about traveling, there is any impact on living expense / "post adjustment." But we post the UNDP response on this point in full, the same day it came in.]

   While Mark Malloch Brown declined to answer -- to put it mildly -- Inner City Press' questions on Monday, word has reached Inner City Press from the camp of Malloch Brown that he views certain recent demotions as flowing from new Administrator Kemal Dervis' antipathy to these Malloch Brown allies and hires. After having heard this, admittedly second-hand, the following arrived:

From: UNDP Sources

To: Matthew.Lee [at] innercitypress.com

Sent: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 6:43 PM

  Hi Matthew

 If you're waiting for communications deputy director Bill Orme to get back to you on your questions to UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis, you can forget it. The SOB transferred today from the Communications Office to the Bureau of Development Policy, another demotion, coming hot on the heels of Brian Gleeson's.

 It's the same Orme who was appointed by Mark Malloch Brown last year without going through proper procedures. He lacked a master's degree and didn't have enough experience to substitute, but his friend Gleeson (yes, the same Gleeson) rewrote the HR policy, lowering the number of years of experience equivalent to a master's so that he could meet the requirement. His appointment was announced first and then COA and HR went back to get a quickly made up committee to interview him and rubberstamp his appointment.

 This is also the same Orme who made morally righteous noises about  journalists working for UNDP and came out with guidelines banning such relationships, when he himself was hiring journalists to go on field trips and write good things about UNDP.

 Another UNDP communications office abuse: Its outposted staff in Bangkok, Cherie Hart, has been there enjoying Thai hospitality for the  last six, maybe seven years, when the usual field posting is just  three years. This is by special dispensation of MMB, who put his  friends and cronies in many senior posts... MMB may be gone from UNDP and soon, hopefully, from the UN, but the  shenanigans he perpetuated live on! More later...

            We sure hope more details are forthcoming. Regarding the re-location of the previously-reported on Mr. William Orme, Monday evening Inner City Press telephoned UNDP Communications Office staff for confirmation. This was received, along with a request not to mis-characterize Mr. Orme's move. Okay then.

            As to the Bangkok favoritism commentary from staff, once Mr. Malloch Brown responded to a politely posed question on Monday morning about the re-assignment the previous week of Brian Gleeson by saying "you are a jerk," it is difficult to conceive how Mr. Malloch Brown's response to these above-quoted will be obtained on Tuesday. But question(s) will be asked.

Thailand. $567,000 to these writers could have gone a long way

            One continuing difficulty is the cycle of buck-passing. The Secretariat's Office of the Spokesman routinely declined to answer any question with a UNDP angle. UNDP, in turn, not only delays, but makes further referrals. Last week UNDP sent Inner City Press a copy of a Kemal Dervis email announcing the hiring of a replacement for Kalman Mizsei, stating that the replacement had worked for the World Bank. Mr. Dervis wrote:

"After a comprehensive selection process, I am pleased to announce that the Secretary-General has appointed Ms. Kori Udovicki (Serbia) as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of its Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS.... After short-term assignments in the World Bank, Kori started her professional career."

            Here are Inner City Press' December 1 follow-up question, and UNDP's response 80 hours later:

 Question: The Nov. 27 statement you sent yesterday says "After short-term assignments in the World Bank, Kori [Udovicki] started her professional," etc. Please state what Kori's assignments were at the World Bank, and to whom she reported, directly and indirectly.

 Answer: Please contact the World Bank for details on the supervisory relationships during any time Ms. Udovicki spent there.

            UNDP presumably did due diligence on Ms. Udovicki's resume, at least to know some specifics about her "assignments in the World Bank" on which Mr. Dervis' November 27 email announcement relied. However, Inner City Press will contact the World Bank. Inner City Press awaits response to three other questions posed on December 1, and other questions since posed. On one still-not-answered question, Inner City Press Monday at noon asked the GA President's spokeswoman:

Inner City Press:  I wanted to follow up on the questions about the Millennium Development Goals.  This thing called the UN Millennium Project, do you know what the status of it is?  Iíve heard that itís come to an end to some degree, that particular project.  Itís called The UN Millennium Project?

Spokeswoman:  I know the Millennium Project.

Question:  If you could find out the status and if any and how many of the staffers are becoming UNDP staffers.  That would be very helpful.

Spokeswoman:  I will do that.

            While Inner City Press understands that some additional roadblock are being erected (by UNDP), one way or another this question will be answered.

Click here another Inner City Press reporter from the UN on Monday, "Interlopers into Somalia Are Discussed, With Chadian Pull-Back, Peacekeepers and Uganda's Karamoja."

            Again, because a number of Inner City Press' UNDP sources go out of their way to express commitment to serving the poor, and while it should be unnecessary, Inner City Press is compelled to conclude this second installment in a necessarily-ongoing series by saluting the stated goals of UNDP and many of its staff. As they used to say on TV game shows, keep those cards, letters and emails coming, and phone calls too, we apologize for any phone tag, especially from overseas, but please keep trying, and keep the information coming.

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As UNDP Questions Mount, Mark Malloch Brown Calls Them Irresponsible, Answers Only in Vanity Press

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN

UNITED NATIONS, December 4 -- As additional information arrives in the wake of last week's sudden re-assignment of Brian Gleeson, the head of the UN Development Program's Office of Human Resources, Inner City Press on Monday morning sought comment from Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown, previously the Administrator of UNDP. It is reported by staff that Mr. Gleeson repeatedly invoked Mr. Malloch Brown's name to justify what he called his best practices policies, and stated that Mr. Malloch Brown was going to make him head of the UN Secretariat's Office of Human Resources and Management.

            In the wide hallway between the UN General Assembly and Security Council, Inner City Press approached Mark Malloch Brown with a series of questions, beginning with a request for comment on the re-assignment of Brian Gleeson.

            Mr. Malloch Brown replied, "You are a jerk. You are the most irresponsible journalist I've come across."  And then he walked away.

            Inner City Press called after him that there were other questions.  Many are contained in the first four installment of this ongoing UNDP series. An additional question, regarding favoritism and entitlement, involved the use not only of UNDP but also of UNFPA, to dole out to a Malloch Brown ally a job in Turkey, sources tell Inner City Press, when the MMB ally's spouse had a UNDP job in Turkey. Numerous staff members have come forward with complaints of favoritism, abuse and threats of retaliation. If Mr. Malloch Brown is right, perhaps they are all irresponsible jerks. But perhaps Mr. Malloch Brown is not right.

            Another question, which Inner City Press raised Friday to the Secretariat's Office of the Spokesman as well as to UNDP, is how Mark Malloch Brown decided to commission the recent book, "UNDP: A Better Way?" The book's author, Craig N. Murphy thanks as his first acknowledgement "Mark Malloch Brown, who hired me to write this history. He offered the unbeatable combination of... a good salary and travel budget."

  Mr. Malloch Brown having declined, at 10:44 a.m., to take questions, Inner City Press at noon reiterated the question to the Secretariat's spokesman: how did Malloch Brown decide to have this glowing history writing, how was the author selected and how much was he paid? Was he paid from UNDP core funds? Beyond the still-unspecified "good salary" paid to the author, UNDP retained the copyright. The book, perhaps not surprisingly, effusively praises Mr. Malloch Brown. It is reminiscent, to one UN-immersed reader, of the "Great Book" of Turkmenbashi, the President for Life of Turkmenistan, a volume known as Ruhnama.

            From the field, UNDP Resident Representatives have over the weekend written to Inner City Press with congratulations for its series on UNDP, which began with a November 29 report on the reassignment of Brian Gleeson. In that report, Inner City Press noted that there were competing theories for Gleeson having been told to resign. More specific information has arrived, that while UNDP is authorized to have some 65 officials at the D-2 level, a recent check found more than 110 officials received D-2 payments and perks. This played a role, as it would in nearly any other organization, in making a change at the top of the Office of Human Resources.

            Additionally, a letter to a funder nation, purportedly dated November 4 and giving a seven- to ten-day window to respond, was delivered to the nation's representatives after the deadline, a snafu also cited in the re-assignment of Mr. Gleeson.

            [Paragraph excised, see Note below.]

            It is reported that Mr. Malloch Brown brought Brian Gleeson into UNDP as a consultant on efficiency, and that this later became a high (and high paying) job at UNDP. This is similar to the current process by which associates of Jeffrey Sachs are being put onto UNDP's payroll outside of UNDP's normal recruitment and hiring procedures.

            As one specific example, for this mid-day report, Inner City Press is informed that Guido Schmidt-Traub, still listed on the web site of the UN Millennium Project, is already working at and paid by the UNDP Poverty Group. Meanwhile, sources tell Inner City Press, the post Mr. Schmidt-Traub has been given is still purportedly being advertised to create the appearance of a normal recruitment process. More on this in forthcoming reports. UNDP's Communications Office, along with Mr. Kemal Dervis, was asked about this on the morning of Friday, December 1, in written questions reference a deadline of later that day. On Monday the response has been that the questions will be answered sometime this coming week. To date, the candor of the responses, the delay and obfuscation, are not acceptable. Perhaps they are, to adopt a phrase from the hallway, irresponsible.

MMB w/ FM of Uganda (click here for earlier analysis of UNDP's role in ongoing violent disarmament)

  Regarding Mr. Malloch Brown's impact on UNDP staff in Vietnam, again for example, the following arrived last week:

Subject: Update on Brian Gleeson Story, for Mr. Matthew Russell Lee

From: [Name withheld upon request]

To: matthew.lee [at] innercitypress.com

Sent: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 3:44 AM

  Dear Mr. Matthew Russell Lee,

 I write as Vietnamese staff member at UNDP Viet Nam. I wish remain anonymous to protect my job, but I feel is my duty to write you about other linkages with Mr. Brian Gleeson and high salary appointments by Senior Management in our Country Office.

 The story on Mr. Brian Gleason is quite demoralizing for many UNDP staff who carry out their duties with honesty, integrity and fairness... our senior management approved a number of high paying international appointments without following required procedures and regulations of UNDP.

 Many of us national staff know that former Resident Representative at UNDP Viet Nam Mr. Jordan Ryan (a close friend of Mr. Mark Malloch Brown) and the Deputy Resident Representative of Operations Mr. Neil Reece-Evans (a close friend of Mr. Brian Gleeson) collaborated to recruit through the "back door" an American friend from the past Mr. Jonathan Pincus at very high paying job in our office.

 Mr. Brian Gleeson was informed but he choose to ignore. Mr. Jonathan Pincus then use similar procedure to hire his friends in the office and on projects. [Click here for more.]

  [For the record: On Dec. 4, three days after this story was published, UNDP wrote that "Hiring at the Vietnam country office takes place according to standard UNDP procedures. Jonathan Pincus, a tenured professor at the University of London, was recruited in 2004 as Senior Country Economist in a transparent and competitive process. He was not previously known to any senior staff at the UNDP Vietnam Country Office. Dr. Pincus is a widely recognized expert in his area and has made substantial contributions to UNDP and the wider UN systemís work in Vietnam. With respect to the staff letter posted on your website, UNDP has been a leader in establishing channels through which staff can air their grievances or report misconduct without fear of retaliation.  Among other measures, UNDP has put in place an anonymous fraud hotline and a mechanism to file complaints on sexual harassment and abuse of authority." And see Inner City Press's December 7 article, the eighth installment in this UNDP Series, also on Vietnam - click here to view.]

        Regarding Kalman Mizsei, by many accounts chased out of UNDP earlier this year after multiple complaints of sexual harassment -- including having brought and hired young women from Central Europe and then applied inappropriate pressure -- it now appears that Mr. Malloch Brown was among those who heard or tolerated Mr. Mizsei's racialist rant in a taxi in South Africa in 2002. "Zero tolerance" for some and not for others, it appears.

  The UNDP produced, Malloch Brown-commissioned book "UNDP: A Better Way?" refers, at 297, to the UN Millennium Project's "Jeffrey Sachs, the economist whom Malloch Brown had bought in." Given that Mr. Malloch Brown declined, at 10:44 a.m., to take questions, Inner City Press at noon asked this question of the spokeswoman for the president of the General Assembly, who'd been speaking about the Millennium Development Goals: what is the status of the UN Millennium Program, and how many if any of its staffers are being hired by UNDP and on what basis? If not from Mr. Malloch Brown and the Secretariat, and if only after already days-delay from UNDP, then from the General Assembly President's always professional spokeswoman, an answer should soon be forthcoming.

News analysis:  When now outgoing U.S. Ambassador John Bolton called a Malloch Brown speech the most irresponsible act by the Secretariat he'd seen, Inner City Press asked Amb. Bolton to compare the speech to Rwanda. But hyperbole is not limited to one side of the debate.  Among the UN press corps, even some supporters of Mr. Malloch Brown opine that the questions he faced about his living arrangement have left him too quick to conclude that any questioning or investigating of the UN must come from the far right (viz. his references to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh earlier this year.) 

  In 2005, Mr. Malloch Brown pointedly advised journalists to question their motives. But as seen for example with UNDP's attempt to cover-up that a disarmament program it funded in Uganda resulted in human rights abuses, trying to mislead, intimidate or insult the press doesn't help an institution nor its real-world constituents. As the UN's Jan Egeland again confirmed in agreeing to respond to Inner City Press' questions on Monday, the abuses in Eastern Uganda continue, with nary a word for example on UNDP's Uganda web site. On disarmament, UNDP's presumably non-irresponsible web site Uganda website still trumpets the government's round-up of guns in May 2006, reciting that "Mr. Cornelis Klein, outgoing UNDP Resident Representative, hailed the GoU for having taken a lead in the SALW [Small Arms and Light Weapons] program by, among others, establishing the Ugandan National Action Plan on SALW."  Jan Egeland's response on Wednesday about Eastern Uganda's Karamoja region should go online here soon.

[Dec. 7 note - In the above, certain details have been removed so that there is less distraction from the subject of this series: the UN Development Program. According to the Secretariat's spokesman's December 7 lecture, these were the details which led to the December 4 comments of the Deputy Secretary-General, ex-Administrator of UNDP. While the paragraph now-missing above was only reported after Mr. Malloch Brown's comments, and therefore cannot have formed a basis for Brown's comments, they are excised in order to keep the focus on UNDP. Back to the substance - click here for a list of the most recent articles.]

Other Inner City Press reports are available in the ProQuest service and some are archived on www.InnerCityPress.com --

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With Congo Elections Approaching, UN Issues Hasty Self-Exoneration as Annan Is Distracted

In DR Congo, UN Applauds Entry into Army of Child-Soldier Commander Along with Kidnapper

Spinning the Congo, UN Admits Hostage Deal with Warlord That Put Him in Congolese Army

At the UN, Dow Chemical's Invited In, While Teaming Up With Microsoft is Defended

Kofi Annan Questioned about Congolese Colonel Who Kidnapped Seven UN Soldiers

UN Silent As Congolese Kidnapper of UN Peacekeepers Is Made An Army Colonel: News Analysis

UN's Guehenno Speaks of "Political Overstretch" Undermining Peacekeeping in Lower Profile Zones

In Gaza Power Station, the Role of Enron and the U.S. Government's OPIC Revealed by UN Sources

UN's Corporate Partnerships Will Be Reviewed, While New Teaming Up with Microsoft, and UNDP Continues

BTC Briefing, Like Pipeline, Skirts Troublespots, Azeri Revelations

Conflicts of Interest in UNHCR Program with SocGen and Pictet Reveal Reform Rifts

UN Grapples with Somalia, While UNDP Funds Mugabe's Human Rights Unit, Without Explanation

UN Gives Mugabe Time with His Friendly Mediator, Refugees Abandoned

At the UN, Friday Night's Alright for Fighting; Annan Meets Mugabe

UN Acknowledges Abuse in Uganda, But What Did Donors Know and When? Kazakh Questions

In Uganda, UNDP to Make Belated Announcement of Program Halt, But Questions Remain (and see The New Vision, offsite).

Disarmament Abuse in Uganda Leads UN Agency to Suspend Its Work and Spending

Disarmament Abuse in Uganda Blamed on UNDP, Still Silent on Finance

Alleged Abuse in Disarmament in Uganda Known by UNDP, But Dollar Figures Still Not Given: What Did UN Know and When?

Strong Arm on Small Arms: Rift Within UN About Uganda's Involuntary Disarmament of Karamojong Villages

UN's Selective Vision on Somalia and Wishful Thinking on Uighurs

UN Habitat Predicts The World Is a Ghetto, But Will Finance Be Addressed at Vancouver World Urban Forum?

UN's Annan Concerned About Use of Terror's T-Word to Repress, Wants Freedom of Information

UN  Waffles on Human Rights in Central Asia and China; ICC on Kony and a Hero from Algiers

UN & US, Transparency for Finance But Not Foreign Affairs: Somalia, Sovereignty and Senator Tom Coburn

Human Rights Forgotten in UN's War of Words, Bolton versus Mark Malloch Brown: News Analysis

In Praise of Migration, UN Misses the Net and Bangalore While Going Soft on Financial Exclusion

UN Sees Somalia Through a Glass, Darkly, While Chomsky Speaks on Corporations and Everything But Congo

Corporate Spin on AIDS, Holbrooke's Kudos to Montenegro and its Independence

The Silence of the Congo and Naomi Watts; Between Bolivia and the World Bank

Human Rights Council Has Its Own Hanging Chads; Cocky U.S. State Department Spins from SUVs

Child Labor and Cargill and Nestle; Iran, Darfur and WHO's on First with Bird Flu

Press Freedom? Editor Arrested by Congo-Brazzaville, As It Presides Over Security Council

The Place of the Cost-Cut UN in Europe's Torn-Up Heart;
Deafness to Consumers, Even by the Greens

Background Checks at the UN, But Not the Global Compact; Teaching Statistics from Turkmenbashi's Single Book

Ripped Off Worse in the Big Apple, by Citigroup and Chase: High Cost Mortgages Spread in Outer Boroughs in 2005, Study Finds

Burundi: Chaos at Camp for Congolese Refugees, Silence from UNHCR, While Reform's Debated by Forty Until 4 AM

The Chadian Mirage: Beyond French Bombs, Is Exxon In the Cast? Asylum and the Uzbeks, Shadows of Stories to Come

Through the UN's One-Way Mirror, Sustainable Development To Be Discussed by Corporations, Even Nuclear Areva

Racial Disparities Grew Worse in 2005 at Citigroup, HSBC and Other Large Banks

Mine Your Own Business: Explosive Remnants of War and the Great Powers, Amid the Paparazzi

Human Rights Are Lost in the Mail: DR Congo Got the Letter, But the Process is Still Murky

Iraq's Oil to be Metered by Shell, While Basrah Project Remains Less than Clear

Kofi, Kony, Kagame and Coltan: This Moment in the Congo and Kampala

As Operation Swarmer Begins, UN's Qazi Denies It's Civil War and Has No Answers if Iraq's Oil is Being Metered

Cash Crop: In Nepal, Bhutanese Refugees Prohibited from Income Generation Even in their Camps

The Shorted and Shorting in Humanitarian Aid: From Davos to Darfur, the Numbers Don't Add Up

UN Reform: Transparency Later, Not Now -- At Least Not for AXA - WFP Insurance Contract

In the Sudanese Crisis, Oil Revenue Goes Missing, UN Says

Empty Words on Money Laundering and Narcotics, from the UN and Georgia

What is the Sound of Eleven Uzbeks Disappearing? A Lack of Seats in Tashkent, a Turf War at UN

Kosovo: Of Collective Punishment and Electricity; Lights Out on Privatization of Ferronikeli Mines

Abkhazia: Cleansing and (Money) Laundering, Says Georgia

Post-Tsunami Human Rights Abuses, including by UNDP in the Maldives

Citigroup Dissembles at United Nations Environmental Conference

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