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Question for Department for International Development

UIN 217584, tabled on 8 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the extent of the misuse of UK aid to India; and what steps her Department takes to ensure that UK aid is not misused.

Answered on

15 December 2014

No new financial aid programmes have been approved in India since 2012.

DFID takes seriously tackling the misuse or misappropriation of UK Aid, and has a range of robust controls and measures in place to safeguard the UK taxpayers’ money.

In DFID India this includes conducting regular and rigorous fiduciary risk assessments to determine the way in which UK Aid is provided. We have put in place strong programme monitoring systems, including fraud trackers for all key projects. We conduct Fiduciary Risk Assessments (FRA) on programmes where direct financial assistance is provided to the government. All partners are subject to pre-funding due diligence checks and regular scrutiny during programme implementation.