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S5W-00767: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the outcome was of its cost benefit analysis of its (a) £82,628, (b) £70,032 and (c) £149,940.95 payment to Tearfund in December 2015.

Answered by: Alasdair Allan 29 June 2016

The three payments to Tearfund relate to the Scottish Government's international development programmes in South Asia, Malawi and Sub-Saharan Africa. The payments were the second of a biannual grant made to the projects in the year 2015-16 to deliver agreed project aims and objectives. The grants were made as follows:

a) £82,628 for the project in the South Asia programme 'Supporting sustainable agriculture & livelihood initiatives for vulnerable farmers' in Sindh Province, Pakistan.

b) £70,032 to the Malawi project 'Girls and Boys Empowerment Project in Rural Chitipa'.

c) £149,940.95 for the Sub-Saharan Africa project 'Ending Poverty One Village at a Time' in Rwanda.

More information on these projects and all other international development fund projects can be found on the website: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/International/int-dev

The Scottish Government is committed to rigorous monitoring and evaluation procedures for all publicly funded activity. The Scottish Government’s international development team monitors projects regularly, requiring formal six monthly narrative and financial reports on progress against agreed objectives. Only once a report is satisfactory will the next tranche of project funds be released. The team is additionally in regular contact with the grant holding organisations throughout the year. The team also work closely with finance colleagues to ensure robust processes and financial transparency throughout. More information on the Scottish Government's monitoring and evaluation processes for its international development work, including managing the grants, can be found on the website: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/International/int-dev/MandE-Reporting