Corruption  in emergency procurement reduces the resources available for life-saving operations, lowers the quality of products and services provided, and diverts aid from those who need it most.  It also negatively influences public support for humanitarian relief, both in the affected country and abroad.  This paper aims to unpack and analyse the following question in order to mitigate risk:  how and where does corruption typically occur, and what can be done?  Suggested strategies reflect a multi-layered approach that stresses internal agency control mechanisms, conflict-sensitive management, and the need for common systems among operators.