LONDON: UN staff in Iraq are asking for bribes from businesses in return for help winning reconstruction projects in the country, The Guardian reported on Monday.

The newspaper revealed allegations of corruption at the UN’s Funding Facility for Stabilization, a scheme launched in 2015.

The facility, backed by the UN Development Programme, has received around $1.5 billion from 30 donors, including the UK government.

It operates directly in Iraq away from the government, as the country has significant corruption issues.

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