Department for International Development encouraged to cap humanitarian funding and focus on bilateral programmes in sub-Saharan Africa
The UK is spending too much on humanitarian aid and funding big international agencies when it should be concentrating on its own long-term development programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, an influential group of MPs has warned.
Research and Evidence Division (RED) is responsible for making DFID more systematic in the use of evidence and thereby having greater development impact by:
“Cuts to health aid compromised fight against Ebola,” says Sir Malcolm Bruce
In the light of the Ebola crisis, the UK’s bilateral aid budget for Sierra Leone and Liberia should be reinstated rather than cut, warns the International Development Committee in a report published today.
Launching a report examining the UK’s recent development work in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Sir Malcolm Bruce, Chair of the International Development Committee said today:
DfID has promised to focus on disability, and it's not a moment too soon for the 800m disabled people in the developing world
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Today's response from the Department for International Development (DfID) to the international development select committee's inquiry into disability and development marks the first time that the issue has come close to entering the aid debate. And not before time.
Author: Astrid Zweynert
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain became the first of the world’s richest large nations to hit an internationally agreed target -- spending 0.7 percent of national income on development aid.
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In January 2014, ICAI sent a small team, led by Commissioner Mark Foster, to assess and provide prompt and timely feedback on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the UK Government’s response to Haiyan.
The team found that the UK’s response to Haiyan was successful: DFID was well prepared to act swiftly and decisively. It mobilised quickly and provided a multi-sector response which met the real and urgent needs of affected communities. The UK was widely praised for its speed, flexibility and expertise.
DFID’s Contribution to the Reduction of Child Mortality in Kenya
DFID’s Contribution to the Reduction of Child Mortality in Kenya Reducing under-five child mortality is a global priority and has seen remarkable progress. Under-five mortality has fallen by 24% in Kenya since 1990 but this is less than global and regional averages and the level in Kenya remains high.
MPs recommend 40% aid increase to drive through reforms that could 'improve living standards for thousands of people'
Britain should seize the opportunity to improve the lives of people in Burma by increasing aid from £60m to £100m, MPs said on Wednesday.
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Report reveals pitiful spending on projects addressing gender inequality, as London meeting to counter violence against women in crisis begins
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DFID provides significant annual funding to civil society organisations (CSOs) in line with its overall strategy to alleviate poverty and promote peace, stability and good governance. The Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPA) and Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) are 2 of DFID’s principal funding mechanisms and will provide £480 million to approximately 230 CSOs between 2011 and 2015. The purpose of this strategy is to provide a clear framework for assessing the performance both of individual grantees and the funding mechanisms overall.
Who are the main humanitarian aid donors? How much has been given so far? Where is aid being spent, and on what?
As Syria's humanitarian crisis escalates, so do appeals for aid.
Last month, the UN revised upwards its requests for funding, announcing the largest emergency appeal in its history. Despite this, aid officials warn "money is going out as fast as it is coming in", and that the UN's multibillion-dollar requests still may not be enough in a crisis where demands frequently outstrip resources.
More cash to be spent on development but experts fear diversion of funds towards Foreign Office and Border Agency.
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DFID makes grants to a value of between £151,000 and £11 million per year to 41 civil society organisations (CSOs) that share its objectives and that it believes are strong delivery partners. Our review considered six PPA agreements of varying size and type.
Millions are in need in Syria and the region. The UK is responding by providing hundreds of thousands of people with food, medical care and relief items. Total UK Assistance to date: £141.1 million. The majority of this funding has been given to agencies in response to the priority needs, as described below. £7 million of funding for Syria and the region is currently being allocated to agencies.
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UK assistance inside Syria: £83.3 million. Key results include:
03/04/2013 - Development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on aid to poor countries. There is also a noticeable shift in aid away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries. However, on the basis of the DAC Survey on Donors’ Forward Spending Plans, a moderate recovery in aid levels is expected in 2013.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening last night called on international donors to do more to make their aid delivery more transparent. Launching the UK’s Aid Transparency Challenge, she set out how DFID will require any organisation it works through to adhere to International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standards of transparency and accountability for their disbursement of DFID funds.
The closure of the UK Department for International Development's office is lamented in Bujumbura – and in London.
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