DFID opens contest to NGOs for funding to relieve poverty

The Department for International Development (DFID) is inviting NGOs to apply for long-term funding agreements aimed at reducing world poverty.

Partnership Programme Agreements (PPAs) last from three to five years and provide funds for work which contributes towards the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.

DFID has signed 15 PPAs since 1997 with organisations including Oxfam, WWF, Save the Children and VSO. It is now looking to negotiate around three more.

"NGOs have to be capable of working with us on our goals,

said a spokesman for the department. "There needs to be strong evidence of close synergy between the two organisations to make working together constructive."

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