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Integrated Activity Fund

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 35586, tabled on 19 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans he has to increase oversight and transparency of UK funding through the Integrated Activity Fund of institutions in (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) Bahrain.

Answered on

27 July 2021

The FCDO's International Programme (IP), and within it the Gulf Strategy Fund (GSF), is a vital tool in promoting positive change and reforms across the world, including in the Gulf. Our programmes help our partners to continue their human rights reform, address key climate change and green growth opportunities and challenges, tackle illicit finance, improve marine conservation, promote economic diversification, promote diversity and inclusion including on LGBTQ+ rights, and develop their institutions.

All cooperation through the IP, including the GSF, is subject to rigorous risk assessments to ensure all work meets our human rights obligations and our values. The Government does not shy away from raising legitimate human rights concerns, and encourages other states to respect international law.

We now publish an annual summary of the GSF's work on gov.uk. We will not publish further information where doing so presents risks to our staff, programme suppliers and beneficiaries, or which may impact our relationships with our international partners, and therefore our ability to influence their reform efforts. We will provide updates on an annual basis.