In response to this week’s news story alleging that DFID is not doing enough to prevent the poor from corruption, Send a Cow’s Head of Strategic Initiatives, Martin Long, explains how all funds entrusted to us are put to good use.

We receive DFID funding for aspects of our work across Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. All of our projects are governed by comprehensive contracts that set out the work to be completed together with the anticipated impact, and is drawn down quarterly against detailed accounts and reports.

Most of our work (and hence spending) is done directly through our own in-country programme teams. We don’t transfer any funds through government, and while we do sometimes work in partnership with local government agencies or workers; in these situations any financial transfer is for a particular, defined purpose and accounted for accordingly.

Occasionally, we work in collaboration with implementing partners. In these situations, the programme will always conduct due diligence on those partners to check their reputation and performance, and will also take the time to build good relationships at the senior level so that we can be confident that there is a basis for trust and a resolution route for any issues that arise. Any transfer of money to a partner will always be done under a formal agreement that sets out respective roles and responsibilities, together with an agreed plan, budget and reporting obligations.

By working in this hands-on way, we ensure that all the funds entrusted to us are put to good use and for the intended purpose. In addition to this, our direct contact with communities and farmers, allows us to see how our funds are being spent every day. This means we can be confident that our work is helping to lift people out of poverty.