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Responsible and Accountable Garment Sector Challenge Fund

Overview of the RAGS Challenge Fund

Female labourers making garments in a textile factory in Dhaka, BangladeshFunded by UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID), the Responsible and Accountable Garment Sector (RAGS) Challenge Fund has been set up to support projects aimed at improving conditions of vulnerable workers in the ready-made garment production industries. The fund is aimed at workers in low-income countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa that supply the UK market.

The overall objective of RAGS is that responsible and ethical production becomes the norm in the garment manufacturing sector supplying the UK. RAGS is a key action under the "Sustainable Clothing Roadmap" industry initiative to improve the environmental and ethical performance of clothing lead by Defra.

RAGS specifically aims to stimulate and catalyse sustainable improvements in working conditions through better supply chain practices in the UK and in producer countries.

Male worker at sewing machine, Lalibela, Ethiopia

Funds are made available on a cost-sharing basis, that is a level of matched funding is expected from eligible grant beneficiaries (this may include in-kind contributions). Projects involving more than one implementing organisation, with a designated Lead Partner (LP), are strongly encouraged.