Developing Countries: Religious Freedom:Written question - 126761

Asked by Jim Shannon
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Religious Freedom
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) due diligence and (b) evaluation her Department conducts of its partners' commitment to (i) the Partnership Principles and (ii) promoting freedom of religion or belief when allocating her Department's funding to governments.
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 12 February 2018

In determining UKAid funding to governments DFID assesses their commitment to each of four Partnership Principles. One of the Principles is commitment to human rights, which includes freedom of religion or belief. Evidence of lack of commitment to the Principles would influence choices on the level and the manner of aid provision, for example by providing aid through civil society organisations rather than through government bodies.

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