Work-in-Progress - to be finalized.
This piece is about a definition I hope to add to Foreign Aid literature so that misconduct whenever it occurs is not kept being seen in isolation but part of a wider phenomenon peculiar to the sector, with circumstances creating a culture that tolerates it instead of deterring it.
Malfeasance  in Foreign Aid  or Development Aid  is wrongdoing by an officer or agent of an organisation, public or private, not-for-profit or commercial, engaged in the administration and arrangement of funds and assets given for the relief and development of people in need usually in a “developing” or “least developed country”. . Malfeasance also occurs in Humanitarian Aid. 
Malfeasance in Foreign Aid has existed for many years, reported as far back as 2002  and before, but has become more well-known after 2017 because of serious cases rapidly receiving widespread attention in mainstream and social media.
The phrase “Malfeasance in Foreign Aid” was added to the development literature in the Foreign Aid community network DEVEX <ref>https://www.devex.com/ in 2018 by John Lowrie  It was coined in response to the perceived increase in scale and diversity of wrong-doing being reported and recognized around the world but not covered by a generic phrase. The argument is that wherever one type of misconduct is unearthed, often there are others, combined with weak governance; supervisory and inspection regimes within those organisations and external regulatory bodies.