Joint Funding Scheme

Part of 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 Mr Chris Patten Mr Chris Patten , Bath 12:00 am, 11th July 1988

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.