Statement from International Development Secretary Priti Patel and summary of how UK aid is already helping.
Following the declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan yesterday (Monday 20 February) – the first famine in the world for six years – there has been widespread media coverage including by the BBC, ITV, Sky, Guardian, Times, Financial Times and the Independent highlighting the worsening humanitarian crisis.
International Development Secretary announces new focus on disability on International Day for People with Disabilities
The UK will lead a step-change in the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty by pushing disability up the global development agenda, International Development Secretary Priti Patel has announced.
To mark International Day for People with Disabilities (3 December) Ms Patel is calling on partners to do more to prioritise reaching the poorest and most excluded by ensuring people with disabilities are not being left behind.
The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency.
The Civil Society Challenge Fund (CSCF) was a demand-led fund which aimed to enable poor and marginalised people to have a voice on issues that affect them and to be included in local and national decision making forums. Running from 2000 to 2015, it supported 526 projects in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East, each with a grant of up to £500,000 and running for 3 to 5 years.
Here is a selection of the latest evidence on violence against women and girls (VAWG), released in the last few months:
VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN
Prime Minister announces £200 million to help tackle causes of migration, and £2 million UK contribution to the EU’s Africa Trust Fund.
The UK is providing a further £200 million in bilateral aid to Africa to tackle the root causes of migration, the Prime Minister announced, as European and African leaders gathered in Malta to develop a coordinated approach to address the migrant and refugee crisis.
DFID is funding research to help destroy Striga’, a parasitic plant that seriously constrains productivity of food staples such as maize in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Striga’, also known as ‘Witchweed’, is a parasitic plant that seriously constrains productivity of food staples such as maize in Sub-Saharan Africa. Causing considerable crop losses, it compromises income and food security for more than 100 million people across Africa.
The UK will provide emergency food, shelter and sanitation to half a million refugees that have fled the ongoing fighting in South Sudan
With almost a quarter of refugees reaching camps in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya suffering from acute malnutrition, the new £16.4 million package will provide:
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.
British High Commissioner speaks at closing event of campaign on 16 August.
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.
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.
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.
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:
By 2012–13, DFID had achieved the following results*:
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.
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.
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