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Overseas Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answers of 21 October 2014 to Questions 210509 and 23 October 2014 to Question 211186, what measures are in place for oversight of her Department's aid allocation.

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne The Minister of State, Department for International Development

DFID requires partners to set key targets to measure the performance of their programmes and report achievements at regular intervals throughout the year. Partners’ ability to monitor their programming is of critical importance to DFID and DFID makes funding available for these systems. In areas accessible to DFID (currently most of Turkey, and Jordan, and parts of Iraq and Lebanon) DFID humanitarian advisers conduct field visits to observe partner programming on the ground and fact check reporting. In areas that are inaccessible to DFID (namely inside Syria) DFID conducts a more rigorous assessment of partner monitoring systems and has frequent engagement with these partners to assess performance. In 2015 DFID plans to commission an independent monitoring facility that will visit programmes in areas inaccessible to DFID, expanding our capacity to monitor and assess the performance of our programmes.

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