Funding to Hindu Organisations

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Dear Department for International Development,

I should be grateful if you can furnish me details for the period Year 2000 to Year 2013 (for each year)of the following:

a. How many (and who/which) Hindu organisations has the DCLG given grants/funding to in this period of time?

b. For each such Hindu organisation please indicate by year: The amount of grant/funding given, it's purpose and a copy of a final closure report.

c. Where grant/funding has been given to a Hindu organisation working with other groups/entities - please provide the same information.

d. Please furnish copies of all reviews/evaluations the department might have carried out in relation to the projects undertaken that it funded.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

K Dudakia

Dear Mr Dudakia

Thank you for your email below. I refer to paragraph (a) of your request where you ask:

"a. How many (and who/which) Hindu organisations has the DCLG given grants/funding to in this period of time?"

Can you clarify if you meant to ask:

"a. How many (and who/which) Hindu organisation has DFID given grants/funding to in this period of time?"

Please note that we will not start processing your FOI request until we receive your clarification.

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

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K Dudakia left an annotation ()

Apologies - where it says DCLG - it should read DFID.

Dear foi,

Yes - my apologies.....it is meant to read DFID.

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

K Dudakia

Department for International Development

Dear Mr Dudakia

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 20 May
2013. We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 and will respond to you directly as soon as possible and within
20 working days.

Please contact me if you have any queries, quoting reference number
F2013-169.

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team
________________________________________
UK aid is helping the world's poorest people change their lives
www.gov.uk/dfid

Department for International Development

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Dear Mr Dudakia

Please find attached DFID's response to your Freedom of Information
request F2013-169. For ease of reference I have replicated our response
below.

Dear Mr Dudakia,

Freedom of Information Request F2013-169

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request and your subsequent
clarification dated 19 and 20 May 2013 respectively in which you asked for
the following information:

“I should be grateful if you can furnish me details for the period Year
2000 to Year 2013 (for each year) of the following:

a. How many (and who/which) Hindu organisations has the DFID given
grants/funding to in this period of time?

b. For each such Hindu organisation please indicate by year: The amount of
grant/funding given, it’s purpose and a copy of a final closure report.

c. Where grant/funding has been given to a Hindu organisation working
other groups/entities – please provide the same information.

d. Please furnish copies of all reviews/evaluations the department might
have carried out in relation to the projects undertaken that it funded.”

DFID holds some information relevant to your request. However, information
on DFID funding to Hindu organisations is not held centrally or in a way
which would allow us to easily identify relevant information. DFID has two
UK headquarters and a large network of overseas offices, some of which may
have provided funding to Hindu organisations either directly or
indirectly, for example, where development funds have been provided to a
group or other entity. However, we would have to contact each department
or office individually to ask them to search through a huge amount of
information, including project documentation to identify and collate any
relevant information.

Also, as your request spans a period of 13 years, relevant information is
held in various formats and on different DFID systems (both paper and
electronic) in the UK and overseas. In particular, as our records for the
period prior to 2006 are held in paper files, it would be extremely
difficult to identify and extract all the information in order to comply
with your request.

We estimate, therefore, that the cost of complying with your request in
full would significantly exceed the FOI cost ceiling. This ceiling is
currently set at £600 and represents the estimated cost of one person
spending 24 working hours establishing whether we hold the information and
then locating, retrieving and extracting it. Under Section 12 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 we are not obliged to comply with your
request and we will not be processing it further.

If you were to make a new request for a narrower range of information, we
may be able to comply within the appropriate limit. It may, for instance,
be possible to provide information within the cost limit if you were to
submit a new request for information such as that specified in parts (a)
(b) and (d) above in relation to direct funding to a named Hindu
organisation since 2006.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me, quoting
reference number F2013-169.

If you are unhappy with the service we have provided and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to the
Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team at the address shown in the
footnote below or email [DFID request email] within two months of the date of
this letter.

If you do make a complaint and are not content with the outcome, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,
the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted DFID’s complaints procedure. You can contact the Information
Commissioner at the following address:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

________________________________________
UK aid is helping the world's poorest people change their lives
www.gov.uk/dfid

Dear Department for International Development,

Thank you for your reply. I am disappointed that the range of information I was seeking will not be possible within the limits you have imposed.

However in order to move things forward I note the advice you have given. In relation to that can you please conduct and provide the said information for the named organisation 'Hindu Aid'. I trust this will assist in you reverting back in a timely fashion. Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

K Dudakia

Department for International Development

Dear Mr Dudakia

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 13 June
2013. We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 and will respond to you directly as soon as possible and within
20 working days.

Please note that DFID may also publish our response to FOI requests at
www.gov.uk/dfid.

Please contact me if you have any queries, quoting reference number
F2013-199.

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team
________________________________________
UK aid is helping the world's poorest people change their lives
www.gov.uk/dfid

Department for International Development

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Dear Mr Dudakia,

Please see the attached letter regarding your FOI request on Funding to
Hindu Aid.

Yours sincerely,

Christine Mackintosh
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

________________________________________
UK aid is helping the world's poorest people change their lives
www.gov.uk/dfid

Department for International Development

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Dear Mr Dudakia

Please find attached DFID's response to your Freedom of Information
request F2013-199.

I have also included the response letter below as we have been having
problems with 'What do they know' users not being able to view our e-mail
attachments.

In view of this could you please forward an e-mail or postal address to
enable us to send you the Disclosure 1 mentioned below.

Yours sincerely,

Christine Mackintosh
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

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Dear Mr Dudakia,

Freedom of Information Request F2013-199

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 12 June 2013 which
narrowed the terms of your previous request (reference F2013-169) to the
following information in respect of direct DFID funding to the
organisation ‘Hindu Aid’ since 2006:

“How many (and who/which) Hindu organisations has the DFID given
grants/funding to in this period of time.

For each such Hindu organisation please indicate by year: The amount of
grant/funding given, it’s purpose and a copy of a final closure report.

Please furnish copies of all reviews/evaluations the department might have
carried out in relation to the projects undertaken that it funded.”

DFID holds some information relevant to your request. This relates to the
Hindu Aid Developing Awareness Networking Agenda (DANA) project which was
funded by DFID through the Development Awareness Fund (DAF), and is now
closed.

In 2005-06 DFID provided a total of £6,150 to Hindu Aid in respect of the
Project Development Consultation for the DANA project. DFID does not hold
further information on this funding as the project files which may have
contained information relevant to your request have been destroyed under
statute in line with DFID records management policy.

In 2006-07 DFID provided a total of £65,042 to Hindu Aid in respect of the
DANA project. The objectives of this project were:

- To deliver a sustained and participatory development education programme
to the British Hindu community and increase knowledge about global
poverty, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global interdependence
and the plight of developing countries.
- To create opportunities for the British Hindu community to participate
in international efforts to reduce poverty and promote interdependence.
- To enable individuals and groups in the Hindu community to make informed
choices about their lifestyles and appreciate their roles and
responsibilities as citizens in a global village.

DFID does not hold a final closure report for the DANA project. We do hold
an external audit review, a copy of which is enclosed as Disclosure 1.
Please note that we have removed some personal information under Section
40 (2) (Personal information) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We
believe that disclosure would breach the legitimate expectation of an
individuals’ right to protection of their personal information. This would
not be fair to the individuals concerned and disclosure would, therefore,
be in breach of the first principle of the Data Protection Act 1998.
Section 40 (2) is an absolute exemption and there is no requirement to
balance the public interest.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me, quoting
reference number F2013-199.

If you are unhappy with the service we have provided and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to the
Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team at the address shown in the
footnote below or email [DFID request email] within two months of the date of
this letter.

If you do make a complaint and are not content with the outcome, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,
the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted DFID’s complaints procedure. You can contact the Information
Commissioner at the following address:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

________________________________________
UK aid is helping the world's poorest people change their lives
www.gov.uk/dfid

Dear Department for International Development,

'We do hold an external audit review, a copy of which is enclosed as Disclosure 1'

This has not been enclosed - should be grateful if you can do that asap.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

K Dudakia

Dear Mr Dudakia

As explained in my e-mail of 25 July we have been experiencing problems with 'What do they know' users not being able to view our e-mail attachments. In view of this could you please forward an e-mail or postal address to enable us to send you Disclosure 1.

Yours sincerely,

Christine Mackintosh
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

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Dear foi,

My email address is: [email address]

Yours sincerely,

K Dudakia