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Non-Governmental Organisations

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about increases planned in the Overseas Development Agency joint funding scheme and other schemes benefiting United Kingdom non-governmental organisations operating in developing countries.


To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to channel further aid funds through United Kingdom non-governmental organisations for projects in developing countries.

I have recently decided to increase our joint funding scheme, under which we support non-governmental organisations' agreed long-term development projects by 25 per cent. next year to £20 million. I am also increasing support for the United Kingdom volunteer recruiting agencies—most notably VSO—by 10 per cent. to £14·3 million. We will, of course, also consider sympathetically requests for assistance from non-governmental organisations for disaster and emergency relief measures if the need arises.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what were the principal categories of Overseas Development Administration grants to non-governmental organisations in 1988–89 under the heading "Others" in his reply to the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling on 16 November, Official Report, columns 467–70; and what sum was paid to each non-governmental organisation within each of these categories of grant.

Grants to non-governmental organisations under the heading of "Others" as contained in my reply on 16 November encompass a wide range of activity which cannot readily be categorised. The principal elements are the volunteer programme and certain development projects implemented by non-governmental organisations but financed from bilateral country programmes. The volunteer programme accounts for 52 per cent. of the "Others" figure and consists of:

Grant 1980 to 1989
British Executive Service Overseas300,006
Catholic Institute for International Relations945,000
International Voluntary Service760,000
United Nation Association International Service490,000
Voluntary Service Overseas8,681,533