Save the Children Fund

Department for International Development written question – answered on 7th June 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, 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.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

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.

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