DfID gives in over Compact breach

Nathalie Thomas

Voluntary organisations are celebrating a victory over the Department for International Development after they pressured it into extending a consultation that breached the Compact.

Bond, the umbrella body for international development charities, and the NCVO's Compact Advocacy Programme convinced DfID to extend its consultation on conflict in the developing world from four to eight weeks - the minimum period required under the Compact. Charities now have until 10 November to respond.

Richard Bennett, co-ordinator of Bond, said: "Conflict and resolution are of major concern to civil society organisations. We are pleased DFID has allowed time for more considered responses."

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