SNV directors resign, parliament pleased

The two top men at development aid organisation SNV have resigned following a crisis meeting on Wednesday, the Dutch press reports.

The organisation has been under investigation by junior aid minister Ben Knapen after a tax inspectors’ report was leaked to the Volkskrant detailing a number of irregularities.
Director Dirk Elsen came under fire for not reducing salaries when asked to do so by parliament. Executive council chairman Lodewijk de Waal was accused of using development money to make a tv programme about a trip he made to Tanzania. Both men have now resigned.
The organisation was also accused of nepotism at its South America branch.
Minister Knapen said the departure of the two was the first step in tackling the organisation’s problems.

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