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Non-Governmental Organisations: Finance

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department gave to (a) domestic and (b) international non-governmental organisations and charities pursuing fair trade goals in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (168393)

Over the last five years we have provided over £2 million in funding to a number of different fair trade projects with different domestic non-governmental organisations. The annual breakdown is as follows.

Amount (£)

2003-04

96,052

2004-05

130,478

2005-06

334,653

2006-07

944,789

2007-08

870,330

We have provided funding through a variety of mechanisms, including programme grants to the Fairtrade Foundation and other fair-trade organisations such as the Co-operative College and the Development Awareness Fund. Though all recipients of the above grants are UK-based, a number of them work with international organisations. For example, the Fairtrade Foundation works closely with Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International. As a result, some funding reaches non-UK based NGOs, though the specific amounts may not be detailed in project proposals.