Joint Funding Scheme

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th July 1988.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell , Gedling 12:00 am, 11th July 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which organisations receive grant assistance from his Department under the joint funding scheme; and what criteria are applied to applications from organisations seeking assistance under this scheme.

Photo of Mr Chris Patten Mr Chris Patten , Bath

During the 1987–88 financial year my Department provided grants under the joint funding scheme to 53 non-governmental organisations. I shall arrange for a list to be published in the Official Report.

There are four main criteria: projects must be designed to promote economic and social development, rather than emergency relief; they must fit the local communities' aspirations and needs; the costs and benefits must be clearly identified within realistic objectives; and the projects must have the potential to become self-sustaining after our support has come to an end.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell , Gedling

Will my hon. Friend draw public attention, not only to the substantial increase in public funds forthis important scheme, but to the clearly targeted developmental work that it does? In particular, will he note that the sum available from public funds has quadrupled during the past six years and that it goes on a pound-for-pound basis to match the work that major national charities are doing in this important area?

Photo of Mr Chris Patten Mr Chris Patten , Bath

I agree with my hon. Friend about the importance of the work of non-governmental organisations. They can often operate at a level that is more difficult for Government-to-Government programmes. That is why this year we have increased by 75 per cent. on the original allocation for last year the sum that is going to the joint funding scheme, which is supporting about 800 projects throughout the world.

Photo of Michael Jack Michael Jack , Fylde

In considering the non-governmental projects, many of which concern tropical rain forests, will my hon. Friend ensure that the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology has sufficient time for its projects on tree cloning to come to fruition?

Photo of Mr Chris Patten Mr Chris Patten , Bath

It may well take tropical forests slightly longer to come to fruition than I am likely to be standing at this Dispatch Box. [Interruption.] I am not sure whether I am lucky or unlucky in making that observation. I wholly agree with my hon. Friend about the importance of forestry as part of our aid programme and that is why we have increased the funds available to it. One of the areas in which non-governmental organisations can work most valuably is in environmental protection and enhancement.

Following is the information:

Agencies receiving grants under the joint funding scheme in 1987–88

  • Action Aid
  • Aga Khan Foundation
  • AHRTAG
  • Aid for India
  • Associated Country Women of the World
  • Boys Brigade
  • British Red Cross Society
  • CAFOD
  • Care
  • Cerebral Palsy Overseas
  • Christian Aid
  • CIIR
  • Commonwealth Human Ecology Council
  • Commonwealth Trade Union Council
  • Co-operation for Development
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Euro Action Acord
  • Feed the Minds
  • Food Agricultural Research Mission
  • Friends of Urambo and Mwanhala
  • Hand in Hand
  • Health Unlimited
  • Help the Aged
  • Institute of Cultural Affairs
  • International Voluntary Service
  • International Year of Shelter for the Homeless Trust
  • Jalchatra Project
  • Leonard Cheshire Foundation
  • Leprosy Mission
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship
  • National Children's Home
  • OXFAM
  • Plan International
  • Population Concern
  • Population Services
  • RCSB
  • Richmond Fellowship
  • Save the Children Fund
  • SCIAF
  • Scouts
  • SOS Sahel International
  • Sport Aid
  • St. Johns Ambulance
  • Tanzania Development Trust
  • Tear Fund
  • Uganda Society Disabled Children
  • VSO
  • Water Aid
  • Work-Start Overseas
  • World University Service
  • Worl Vision
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Y-Care