4 May 2020

Graham Mackay, Chief Operating Officer at Bond the UK network for organisations working in international development said: 

‘We are pleased that the Secretary of State recognises UK civil society as a key partner to ‘meet the challenges of Covid-19’ and it is reassuring to hear DFID will fund NGOs in advance and provide cash flow support for existing funding agreements, including in-country staff costs and overheads for programmes that are currently unable to operate.  This step will help ensure NGOs can respond to the emerging crisis in developing countries.

However, we would urge DFID to make this a temporary default position until the situation improves, as other donors have, rather than deciding on a case by case basis. We would also ask DFID to provide further clarity on what the availability of cash flow covers to help prevent confusion.

To support NGO programmes and their response to global challenges around the world, we ask that DFID explore new funding mechanisms, including a stabilisation fund, that allow NGOs, both small and large, to continue to ensure we do not leave the poorest behind.”  

ENDS

Notes to editor

  1.  DFID support for partners to deliver life-saving programmes:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dfid-support-for-partners-to-deliver-life-saving-programmes
  2. Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 400 civil society organisations from across the UK, and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
  3. For further information please contact Maryam Mohsin on 07555 336029 or [email protected]