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Missionaries of Charity: Finance

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL5184, tabled on 6 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of India regarding its decision to block overseas funding for the Missionaries of Charity.

Answered on

20 January 2022

We are aware that some NGOs have faced difficulties in India due to the application of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) by the Indian authorities and that some, like Missionaries of Charity, have recently had applications to renew their foreign funding licenses rejected. We continue to support a wide range of local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) partners in India, including through programmes, and officials have discussed issues facing NGOs directly with the Indian Government.

We are pleased to note, on 8 January, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs restored the FCRA license of the Missionaries of Charity, meaning the NGO will be able to receive and use foreign funding again. The British High Commission in New Delhi will continue to monitor developments.