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Developing Countries: Politics and Government

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many applications he received for the Governance and Transparency Fund; and whether he plans to publish a list of (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful applications. (156068)

The deadline for proposals to the Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) was midnight on 28 September 2007. We received 265 proposals by this deadline.

We aim to make final funding decisions in December 2007. In accordance with normal practice for our central funding schemes, we will post a full list of successful proposals on the DFID website once all applicants have been informed of the decisions. The question of whether or not to publish the names of unsuccessful applicants, bearing in mind the need to balance respect for confidentiality with a desire to be as open as possible, raises a number of issues; we are currently considering these.