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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q:  What sort of projects are allowed?
A:  This is up to each Programme Management Team to decide. We expect a wide range (eg NGO projects, technical assistance to foreign governments, funding for UN activity etc.). Contact programme management teams directly for advice.

Q:  Can outside organisations bid directly to the programme manager for funding, or must they always channel their proposals through Posts?
A:  We do not expect all bids to come from Posts. Programme managers might well fund projects submitted directly by outside organisations (e.g. NGOs), particularly those in the UK. For organisations outside the UK, we would normally expect bids to be submitted via the local Post and would always want the Post to be consulted.

Q:  So how much is the GOF worth?
A:  £9.5 Million in Year One (Financial Year 2003/04)
£17.6 Million in Year Two (Financial Year 2004/05)
£40.3 Million in Year Three (Financial Year 2005/06)

Q:  But is it true that there is less money than originally thought for the GOF in Years Two & Three?
A:  This is true. The GOF has had to give some money to the Afghanistan Drugs Strategy (£3m), the Directorate Programme Budgets (£1m), the FCO network (£7m) and UN/International Subscriptions (£4m). But even with these reductions there is still more Programme Budget money available than ever before and in Year Three there will be over £40m (a significant amount of funding by FCO standards).

Q:  A 6th Programme, covering Human Rights, Good Governance and Democratisation was added in Year Two. Are other programmes planned, or are these six it for the next two years (2004/5 and 2005/06)?
A:  That's it for Year Two. But Directorates/Departments wishing to bid for new programmes will have a chance to do so in the run-up to Year Three.

Q:  Does that mean we'll be launching lots of new programmes in Year Three?
A:  No. It may just mean more spending on the existing six programmes. We will be open to bids for new programmes, but we intend to remain selective. Bids will have to meet the objectives of the GOF Strategy which is tied to the new FCO Strategy.

Q:  With the advent of GOF, what's happening to the Human Rights Programme Fund (HRPF) and Environmental Project Fund (EPF)?
A:  The HRPF and EPF are being wound down but they still received a significant amount of FCO funding this year. There are over £8m worth of HRPF projects and £3m worth of EPF projects this year. We will also honour all multi-year commitments of these projects in Years Two & Three.

Q:  Do we have enough expertise to handle programmes on this scale?
A:  We recognise the demands, and have been discussing them with our attaches and advisers, as well as with DfID. The GOF Central Management Unit provides guidance to programme managers on issues such as financial control, contracting and procurement. It also co-ordinates training of project management courses.
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