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Civil Society Challenge Fund

Volume 621: debated on Tuesday 23 January 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Which non-governmental organisations in the United Kingdom received support for international development projects under the pound-for-pound scheme in the last financial year; at what cost; and whether that scheme has now been concluded. [HL188]

In the fiscal year 1999/2000 a total of £35.2 million was provided to UK NGOs through the Joint Funding Scheme. A list of these organisations can be found in Statistics on International Development: 1995/1996–1999/2000, which is available in the Library of the House.The Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF) was launched in October 1999 to replace the Joint Funding Scheme, which will be phased out by 2004 when current commitments cease. The CSCF is open to any non-profitmaking organisation or network, which shares DFID's focus on poverty reductions and is designed to help build a stronger civil society in developing countries that enables the voices of the poor to be heard. As with the Joint Funding Scheme, the CSCF is based on matched funding.