To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding has been provided to BBC Media Action by the Department for International Development; whether the criteria for funding allocation include consideration of projects in closed countries with least access to news; and how much has been allocated to projects seeking to reach the people of North Korea.
17 July 2014
DFID does not have a bilateral programme with North Korea. Since 2011 DFID has provided £46.2m funding to BBC Media Action under a five year grant agreement.
The grant covers activities in eleven DFID priority countries, ten of which have been classified by ‘Freedom House' as ‘partly free' or ‘not free'. The criteria for country funding include the contribution to the grant's results framework, and fit within the UK aid programme. Whilst North Korea scores extremely badly on freedom of information and media, it is not one of the countries that DFID has prioritised in terms of focusing development resources to achieve poverty reduction.
DFID funded activities have reached 130 million people across 11 countries, mainly fragile states, with TV and radio programmes that are improving knowledge about key governance and health issues.