Mr. Gareth Thomas:
DFID engages with a wide range of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) as partner aid agencies. DFID ensures potential partners' fitness to receive funds and this may include checking their 'not for profit' or charitable status. For example, under our Civil Society Challenge Fund and Programme Partnership Agreements, CSOs must provide a copy of their constitution and most recent audited accounts. These documents are used to appraise the viability and validity of their application.
Additionally all our CSO partners must accept DFID accounting arrangements before funds are released to them for the first time and CSOs must report how they have spent each payment we make them.