Andrew Mitchell MP tells FreeFairDRC that DIFD take a ‘zero tolerance approach’ to corruption when delivering UK aid

Earlier this month, FreeFairDRC wrote to the Department for International Development (DFID) endorsing a report from the International Development Committee (IDC). The report made recommendations, including that DFID set out clear expectations of transparency and accountability to the DRC government.

Yesterday FreeFairDRC were delighted to receive a letter from Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development confirming that a formal response to the IDC report will be published on March 5th 2012.

The letter assures FreeFairDRC that UK aid is delivered only through responsible channels to ensure that it reaches those that need it most, and currently no funding is channelled directly through the DRC government.

DFID share FreeFairDRC’s concerns about good governance in the DRC, which has a crucial part to play in the country’s development and future prosperity. Therefore the majority of UK aid programmes include work with the DRC government aiming to improve public financial management, service delivery, accountability and transparency. Once the new government is established in the DRC, DFID will renew efforts to take these issues up at national level.

Click here to read the full letter or the click here for the IDC report.