Benn consults on governance fund

Mathew Little

International Development Secretary Hilary Benn has launched a consultation on a £100m governance and transparency fund aimed at helping people in developing countries hold their governments to account.

Once the fund is opened, NGOs, trade unions, co-operatives and media organisations will be able to apply for between £1m and £15m over three to five years.

Benn last week invited comments on the draft guidelines for the new fund, which was first announced in the Department for International Development's white paper on development in July.

Speaking at the 138th Trades Union Congress in Brighton, he said: "This new fund will help empower people to speak out and promote democracy by giving sustained funding to organisations, groups or projects that will improve openness and transparency in developing countries."

The consultation runs for eight weeks until early November.

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