15 June 2020

Simon Starling, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research at Bond the UK network for NGOs said:

"It's concerning that the Newton Fund has made such little progress against ICAI's recommendations one year after its initial report. We support the IDC's call for the Newton Fund not to receive further ODA funding until it can clearly demonstrate its ability to deliver for the world's poorest people, provide value for money for the British public and ensure any support it provides for research is fully untied.

Any government department spending UK aid must meet the same standards and work to the same objectives as DFID – to alleviate poverty, promote sustainable development, and reach the world’s poorest people. UK aid should only be managed by departments and funds with the experience and capacity to ensure its effectiveness."

ENDS

Notes to editor 

  1. The International Development Committee Newton Fund Review Report publication: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/98/international-development-committee/news/146799/newton-fund-review-report-publication/ 
  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]