UN Lives on the Dark Side, UNDP, corruption, Angola, 1998-2002
Leon Kukkuk, Letters to Gabriella –
Angola’s Last War for Peace; What
the UN Did and Why, Florida
Literary Foundation, ISBN-10 -
1891855670, 2005, 648 pages.
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From the Author
War in Angola lasted intermittently for more than forty years. After several
failed attempts at peace throughout the nineties, a full-scale conventional war broke
out again at the end of 1998. This marked the end of a United Nations attempt,
lasting more than twelve years, to make peace in this country. It was one of the first
major UN missions after the Cold War and turned into a spectacular and expensive
In 1995 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Angola had
one hundred million dollars of donor money available for community reconstruction.
This was managed through a Trust Fund in conjunction with the Angolan
UNDP planned a "Community Production Centre" in the city of Huambo, the
second largest city in the country and one of the cities most affected by the war. The
objective of the project was to create employment through the encouragement of
local production. UNDP subcontracted a private company to implement the project in
spite of government protests that this would be unsuitable.
In the beginning of 1998 the author was contracted to start implementing the
project. It very soon became apparent that the private company was not capable of
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working in Angola. In spite of this UNDP paid more than one and a half million
Dollars to the company, which was never seen in Huambo. Almost none of the
project funds reached the project. Nevertheless it was adapted locally and became
one of the more successful projects in the country.
Soon it became the subject of an investigation by the Angolan government
and the local press that exposed a host of irregularities within UNDP. To date UNDP
has not provided an adequate explanati