DfiD Cuts Called a 'Compact Breach'

Andrew Mitchell, secretary of state for international development. Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O’Donald

A charity is accusing the U.K. Department for International Development of violating cherished public-private rules following the announcement of funding cuts to existing awareness projects.

The funding for Cumbria Development Education Center’s three-year program for educating leaders on global citizenship, along with four other awareness projects, was axed due to what Mitchell called a lack of value for money. He announced he would instead redirect the funds to other initiatives with better development impact.

Eleanor Knowles, director of the charity, now claims that DfID has violated the Compact, an agreement outlining how public and private U.K. entities “should behave toward each other,” because the group was not given the chance to appeal before a final decision was laid down. She was informed about the decision on Friday, May 14, and saw the corresponding press release the following Monday, Third Sector reports.

The Compact stipulates that in case the government decides to stop funding a project, it should “give organizations an opportunity to respond to the end of the funding and consider the response before making a final decision.”

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