Department for International Development written question – answered on 29th October 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency has published data to the International Aid Transparency Index in order to inform their review of that Agency’s performance.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

DFID’s Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) requires it to apply transparency standards in line with the UK Aid Transparency Guarantee and the International Aid Transparency Initiative for all funding received from DFID. All of UNRWA’s annual reports are published on UNRWA’s website. The Aid Transparency Index is an initiative run by the independent organisation ‘Publish What you Fund’ which selects aid organisations for inclusion based upon its own criteria. The Government has not pressed Publish What you Fund to include UNRWA in its index as we respect its independence and do not seek to influence the index’s coverage.

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