To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that existing Save the Children projects continue following the decision of that organisation not to bid for further UK funds.
DFID is committed to driving up standards across the aid sector and we expect every organisation that we work with to have rigorous reporting and complaints mechanisms in place to protect beneficiaries and employees alike. Following the launch of a statutory inquiry by the Charity Commission, Save the Children UK withdrew from bidding for new UK Government funding until they can meet the high standards we expect of all our partners. Existing programmes with Save the Children will continue, governed by our risk management processes. For the time being, as an enhanced level of scrutiny, the Secretary of State is approving all payments DFID makes to Save the Children.