Financial concerns spark probe into aid charity

The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into the charity Water for Africa amid concerns around its finances.

The regulator is also critical of a failure by the charity’s trustees to “provide adequate assurances or documentation” around its concerns around its financial controls and record keeping.

The trustees had been written to by the Commission setting out its concerns.

Further concerns around “payments to a third party and overseas payments” are also being raised by the Commission.

The inquiry will look at whether trustees are complying with their legal duties, particularly their accounting and reporting responsibilities. Their oversight of charity spending will also be looked at.

“Potential conflicts of interests” with connected individuals and organisations will also be investigated, as will the “trustees plans for the charity’s future”.

Water for Africa launched in 2006 to provide sanitation and healthcare to communities in West Africa.

The Staffordshire based charity last filed its accounts for the year ending June 2020. This showed its spending was £199,440 and its income was £353,340, down £121,660 on the previous year.

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