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South Sudan + 5 others
Featherstone: UK pledges further support for humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

Britain announces additional £30 million to help those affected by serious humanitarian crisis.

Britain will provide further life-saving support for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone announced today during a visit to the country.

Since fighting broke out in December 2013, 1.3 million South Sudanese have become internally displaced and more than 400,000 have fled to neighbouring countries. There is also an impending risk of famine.

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Uganda + 1 other
British High Commissioner to Uganda on universal bednet campaign

British High Commissioner speaks at closing event of campaign on 16 August.

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Universal Net Campaign Completed in Uganda, with US, UK and Global Fund Support

Kampala – The U.S. Government, the United Kingdom (U.K.) Government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria sealed their commitment to the fight against malaria in Uganda today by finalizing their contribution to the Government of Uganda’s Universal Coverage Campaign. Over 22 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) for malaria prevention were distributed under the campaign, the largest universal coverage campaign worldwide, which began in the eastern part of the country and extended to the southwest, northern and the central regions.

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World + 35 others
Annual Report and Accounts 2013–14

Annual Report

The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress toward the Millennium Development Goals under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency. The audited statutory accounts include spend against Parliamentary Estimate, and a statement of DFID’s assets and liabilities.

Accounts

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Uganda + 1 other
Operational Plan 2011-2015: DFID Uganda, Updated November 2013

Introduction

The UK Government is determined to help end extreme poverty around the world. We believe that international development is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. Britain has never stood on the sidelines, and it is in all our interests for countries around the world to be stable and secure, to have educated and healthy populations and to have growing economies. DFID aims to end aid dependency through jobs – building the economies of developing countries so that they can stand on their own feet.

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World + 1 other
Featherstone: World must wake up to 'great neglect' of disability

Britain will spearhead a new drive to put disability at the forefront of the world's development efforts, UK international development Minister Lynne Featherstone has announced.

Speaking from Uganda after a fact-finding mission with UK Paralympic champion Ade Adepitan, Lynne Featherstone pledged that Britain will urge other countries and charities to join our efforts to get disability included in international poverty reduction targets.

Minister Lynne Featherstone said:

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World + 33 others
Annual Report and Accounts for 2012-2013

Headline results

By 2012–13, DFID had achieved the following results*:

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Mozambique + 2 others
Malaria: UK aid committed to prevent deaths in Africa

UK support in Mozambique leads to a 40% fall in malaria related deaths. A further 5 million bed nets will be distributed to Ugandan families to reduce the number of deaths caused by malaria.

DFID efforts to tackle malaria in Mozambique has led to areas which received funding for indoor residual spraying seeing a dramatic reduction in deaths and hospital admissions of at least 40%. In 2012/13 UK aid supported indoor residual spraying (IRS) through UNICEF in 39 districts, protecting 5.8 million people from malaria.

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Uganda + 2 others
UK aid for refugees forced to flee fighting

Britain will help provide emergency aid for 50,000 refugees in Uganda who have fled the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The new package of support will deliver health care, education, shelter and safe drinking water for families who have been forced to find refuge over the border.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced the emergency aid today while calling on other donors to step up their support immediately.

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World + 16 others
Statistics on International Development 2007/08 – 2011/12

Annual publication Statistics on International Development (SID) provides information on the UK’s Gross Public Expenditure on Development (GPEX) which includes both the DFID aid programme and official aid provided through other UK government departments

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Northern Uganda: Hope after years of conflict

Vocational training provides youth with prospects of a brighter future

Six years ago, the guns finally fell silent in northern Uganda, giving young people a respite from over 20 years of war. But the conflict left in its wake a number of challenges.

A whole generation of youth were brought up in a broken society. They got no education, some were abducted and forced into becoming child soldiers, others became orphans and destitute on the street.

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Super spuds help beat hidden hunger in Uganda

Agnes Kalya, a farmer from Ntove Village, Uganda, smiles with pride as she puts her arms round her youngest child, Maria. "My daughter is almost four years old and I have seen her grow at a rate I have never witnessed in my other kids. And they used to need to go to the hospital regularly, but now all are very healthy".

Hidden hunger

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Ethiopia + 3 others
DFID Management Response to Independent Commission for Aid Impact recommendations on: DFID’s Education Programmes in three East African countries, 2005 - 2015

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Recommendation 1:

DFID should revise its 2010 strategy for education to ensure that learning outcomes are at the heart of its support through all levels of the education delivery chain.

Action already taken

  • The DFID 2010 "Learning For All" Education Strategy puts improving the quality of learning at the heart of DFID's education strategy

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World + 5 others
Volunteering: UK doctors and nurses helping the poorest

08 MAY 2012

Volunteer British doctors, nurses and midwives will train more than 13,000 health workers to provide life-saving care for millions of the world’s poorest people, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced today.

Skilled health professionals from Britain will teach and offer practical assistance to their counterparts in the developing world under the Government’s Health Partnership Scheme. Over four years, the flagship programme will:

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Uganda + 1 other
Creating safer countries: recovering from war in northern Uganda

How UK aid is helping thousands of young people - many of them former child soldiers

“It takes skill to do” explains David Ojok, as he levels the mortar on a windowsill. “I couldn’t have done this job without training”.

David, 18 years old, is a bricklayer in Gulu, Northern Uganda. He is one of thousands of young people who, in the last two years have been given a brighter future through vocational training – in skills such as building, catering, electrical engineering and farming.

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Uganda + 1 other
Eyewitness: "I gave up hope of ever seeing my family again"

David Ojok was abducted and forced to become a child soldier. Read his remarkable story

03 FEBRUARY 2012

David Ojok, 18 years old, was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group in Uganda, at the age of 13. Here, speaking through a translator, he tells his remarkable story of capture and escape, and how he is now looking ahead to a brighter future.

Former child-soldier, David Ojok, has now been re-trained as a bricklayer, thanks to UK support in northern Uganda.

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UK hails new aid partnership with emerging powers

UK International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, has welcomed a historic agreement with countries including China on improving aid effectiveness.

Andrew Mitchell was in Beijing on Tuesday for discussions with the Chinese government, as part of ongoing work to cement a new development partnership between the two countries.

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World + 17 others
Empowering poor people and strengthening accountability

This paper provides an overview of why and how DFID is aiming to enable poor people to exercise greater choice and control over their own development and to hold decision-makers to account.

The challenge

Despite some progress towards the MDGs, significant poverty persists globally. In many places gaps are widening between the rich and the poor and there is significant inequality of opportunity. This is in part because current development measures attempt to tackle the symptoms of poverty but do not always address its causes. Poverty may persist where:

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South Africa + 2 others
Britain to save the lives of thousands of pregnant women

Andrew Mitchell today set out plans to save the lives of more than 7,000 pregnant women as part of Britain’s drive to cut maternal deaths in developing countries.

Women in South Africa and Uganda will benefit from a number of new projects aimed at increasing access to contraception and family planning, ensuring more medical experts are on hand for pregnant women and using the latest technologies to keep track of their progress.