Department for International Development: Non-governmental Organisations

Department for International Development written question – answered on 15th March 2018.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to change its approach to due diligence when partnering with non-governmental organisations in developing countries as a result of the allegations of sexual misconduct by members of those organisations.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Secretary of State for International Development

At the Safeguarding Summit on 5 March, I announced that DFID will put in place new, enhanced and specific safeguarding standards within our due diligence process for all non-governmental organisations. This will include an assessment of codes of conduct, how organisations identify and respond to incidents, and how risk management places safeguarding and beneficiaries at its core. New funds to organisations will not be approved unless they pass the new standards.

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