The settlement agreement follows claims from the U.S. government that NPA breached the U.S. False Claims Act when signing the USAID grant agreement in South Sudan, by failing to disclose NPA’s activities in support for a democratisation project for youth in Gaza from 2012-2016, and a demining project in Iran that ended in 2008, the latter an assignment for the Norwegian oil company Norsk Hydro.
This was done unintentionally by NPA, as NPA interpreted the above certification to apply only to activities funded by U.S. funds and not for activities funded by other donors. Activities mentioned in the settlement agreement were not funded by U.S. and were not in breach of any Norwegian laws. Moreover, the said USAID agreement for South Sudan was implemented in line with the project's objectives. The claim had nothing to do with the quality of emergency services NPA provided to the beneficiaries under that agreement.
“Although we have disagreed on the fairness of the claim, NPAhad accepted paying the settlement to reach closure. Due to the estimated costs, resources and time necessary to take this case to trial, we have concluded that the best decision for us is to agree on the settlement. In this way we can focus on our mission of making the world a safer and more just place,” said Henriette Westhrin.
"We will do our best to ensure that this does not affect the good, long-term relationship we have with our much appreciated U.S. donors,"said Westhrin.
The settlement will not have any direct impact on the operations of NPA.