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Wednesday, 08 June 2011

Dutch ministry to scrutinise development organisations more closely

“Society and politics justifiably demand that we know exactly how development agencies spend aid money. This requires clear rules on evaluation and accountability. But strict rules can also lead to unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy. Therefore, the right balance between less red tape and good accountability is always necessary.” Ben Knapen, Dutch state secretary for development, said this in response to a survey conducted by Actal to control pressure inside the MSF II grant program. “It is important to reduce red tape in development. This report makes a contribution. I therefore welcome the report and I will examine it closely,” said Knapp. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will soon send a detailed response to Actal. In order to reduce the regulatory burden, Knapp recently gave the administrative department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the task to critically examine development organisations’ work.  MSF II is a framework that grants 1.885 billion euros to cover a period of 5 years.

Source: Dutch Foreign Ministry