Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Secretary of State for International Development has written to organisations delivering aid on behalf of the department to tell them that they could be paid in advance in order to meet ongoing costs.
In the letter, sent earlier this week, Ms Trevelyan also says that payments would continue in order to support “essential aid programmes. In the note, the minister says:
“I am therefore prepared to apply the Cabinet Office Procurement Policy Note 02/20 and similar principles for grants, which allow for relief on services and goods provided in the UK, to DFID aid programmes. This means offering as a last resort and on a case-by-case basis for DFID contracts and grants:
However, the letter also states that DFID could not guarantee that it: “…can or should make good all of the financial impacts of the pandemic on your organisations”, indicating that some organisations may not be supported even if that means programmes falling through.
Organisations wishing to apply for relief should first ensure that:
The relief will run until the end of June, at which point the Cabinet Office will review relief for suppliers delivering goods and services in the UK.
“My objective in offering this support is to maintain critical aid programmes, ensuring that the maximum amount of funding reaches the people who need it, and protect DFID’s capacity to respond to the impacts that COVID-19 will have over months and years in our partner countries.” Writes Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
“Together with the pipeline of new funding opportunities we are developing to respond to the pandemic, this will also help private sector and civil society partners manage impacts on your organisations.”