DfiD sets out Brexit aid guidelines

18 Apr 19

The UK government has taken steps to ensure the continuation of EU-funded international aid programmes delivered by UK NGOs, if the country leaves the EU with no deal.

A note on the Department for International Development’s website explains that the EU intends to terminate funding to some such programmes in the event of a no deal exit. But it explains that DFiD intends to ensure that vulnerable populations are not penalised.

It says that the UK will continue to fund the post-exit outputs of official development assistance programmes that were previously paid for the by the EU. This commitment will apply to applications made until the last day of the UK’s membership of the EU.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, it explains that the EU will continue funding UK organisations according to the terms of the withdrawal agreement.

Funding for programmes made under the European Development Fund and Development Cooperation Instrument, for least developed countries and highly indebted poor countries, it says, would not be affected by EU departure, since the UK will remain eligible due to its OECD status.

Programmes funded under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) would also be unaffected, since participation in these is open to non-EU members.

To qualify for post-Brexit continuations, organisations must give DFiD sight of draft grant agreements, must have successfully undergone due diligence acceptable to DFiD and comply with standard DFiD accountable grant clauses.

They must also provide evidence for the funding disbursements already received from the EU and confirm all chargeable work that has been paid for by the EU.

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