Islamic Relief is to receive funding of at least £750,000 per year for the next five years from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), under the terms of a new partnership working arrangement.
The funds will boost Islamic Relief's ongoing work in the developing world, including efforts to improve healthcare for mothers and children in Pakistan.
Islamic Relief’s director of international programmes, Dr Hossam Said, said: “This money will help Islamic Relief reach even more people globally and ensure that we have even greater impact on their lives. We’ll make sure their voices are heard worldwide.
“We have received tremendous support from DFID since IR was established 20 years ago. This has helped foster a robust working partnership built on mutual trust, independence and hard work. This ongoing relationship is further enhanced by these new funds.”
Emphasising the value of partnership between Islamic Relief and DFID, the International Development Minister, Gareth Thomas, said: “Islamic Relief has strong links in the countries where it works and an established reputation with the people there. It exists to help the poor in the developing world help themselves. Working in partnership with Islamic Relief and with local people is an effective way to achieve our shared aims of global poverty reduction.”
Partnership Programme Agreement
The partnership grant, known as a Partnership Programme Agreement (PPA), forms part of DFID’s efforts to achieve the internationally-agreed Millennium Development Goals.
The millennium development goals include reducing poverty and hunger, combating HIV/AIDS, improving access to education and health services particularly for girls and women, protecting the environment and natural resources and making international trade fairer by 2015.