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Developing Countries: Religious Freedom

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 126761, tabled on 5 February 2018

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 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.