ActionAid Chief Executive Girish Menon, commenting on the Government’s Civil Society Partnership Review, said:
“ActionAid has long called for greater support to go to the people working to tackle poverty in their own communities, and we welcome steps set out in today’s review to make this a reality. As a charity focused on the needs of women and girls we are pleased to see that grassroots women’s rights organisations will have greater access to direct UK Aid funding. We know from our work with organisations like the Wangu Kanja Foundation, which helps survivors of sexual violence, that it is by empowering women to claim their rights that truly transformative change can be achieved.
“However, it is vital that the smallest organisations really can access these new funding streams. Grassroots women’s rights organisations can tackle poverty and challenge violence yet they are critically underfunded. It is crucial they are supported to access the UK aid they so desperately need.
“We also welcome steps to boost transparency across all organisations which spend UK Aid, most of which we already meet. UK aid transforms the lives of some of the poorest people in the world and it is vital that all organisations who spend it, public and private, can demonstrate that every penny is spent effectively and focused on tackling poverty.”