Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered on 6th December 2010.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which 10 non-governmental organisations received the highest levels of funding from his Department in the latest period for which figures are available; what restrictions were placed on the use of such funds in each case; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The 10 non-governmental organisations (NGO) that received the highest levels of funding from the Department for International Development (DFID) in financial year 2009-10 are as follows.

NGO Total (£000)
British Red Cross 39,611
VSO 34,124
International Rescue Committee UK (IRC) 26,400
Save The Children 25,551
OXFAM 23,646
Christian Aid 17,043
CARE International UK 12,005
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) 7,426
Overseas Development Institute 7,324
BBC World Service Trust 7,315

These NGOs have received this support through a variety of different DFID funding mechanisms. Details of the conditions attached to all funding to this group cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost. However, further details of all DFID projects, including those delivered by NGOs, can be found on the project database on DFID's website.

Each of DFID's funding channels for NGOs has different criteria and a specific application process. However once funding has been agreed there are a number of conditions that DFID applies to all NGOs. For example, they are required to provide quarterly financial reports, a copy of their annual audited accounts and annual reports detailing progress made against agreed objectives. Funds can only be used to support activities and objectives agreed with DFID. All NGOs are also required to produce a project evaluation and project completion reports.

The UK Government are introducing a new Aid Transparency Guarantee, which commits us to making our aid fully transparent to citizens in both the UK and developing countries, increasing accessibility and feedback, and pushing our international partners to follow our lead. Under this guarantee, DFID will publish full and detailed information on all funded projects and programmes on the DFID website-in a standardised, accessible format so that this information can be freely used by third parties.

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