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06 Jul 2018 description

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty.

07 Nov 2017 description


  1. When and where have emergency wastewater treatment plants been developed in rapid mass displacement situations and situations of limited space/access?

  2. What models were used, and what were the implications in terms of performance and cost?


03 Jun 2015 description

Funding from Britain is providing food, clean water, sanitation and a major livelihoods programme.

Britain’s funding to Rakhine is helping to ensure over 126,000 displaced people have access to food, clean water and sanitation as well working to tackle gender based violence. In particular, it is providing support to pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 5. In addition, the UK is supporting community dialogue and reconciliation and a major rural livelihoods programme in the region.

15 May 2013 description

Britain has pledged emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State in western Burma.

Minister for International Development Alan Duncan and Foreign Office Minister for South East Asia Hugo Swire today announced a £4.4 million package of humanitarian support for people displaced by violence and facing the additional threats of the rainy season and approaching storms.

Britain’s package of emergency assistance will provide:

20 Dec 2012 description

Britain will provide additional humanitarian support to those displaced by the ongoing conflict in Kachin State, Burma.

Making the announcement, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

"Violence in Kachin has continued now for over a year and a half, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. Many are living without basic water and sanitation. We must act now to relieve the immediate suffering and to ensure that conditions do not worsen to cause further loss of life as the winter draws in.

07 Nov 2012 description

The UK will help tens of thousands of people from Burma who have been forced to flee long-running conflict with urgent humanitarian aid.

It will also provide longer-term support for those who Britain hopes can head back home in the future, preparing them for a peaceful process of return.

The new package of UK aid will help 155,000 refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) with basic needs – such as food and sanitation.

31 Oct 2012 description

The UK government will help supply emergency water, sanitation and healthcare to more than 58,000 people affected by the outbreak of violence in Rakhine State, Burma, Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening announced today.

23 Mar 2010 description


Burma, in Southeast Asia, has a population of about 50 million people, and is a little bigger than France in terms of land area. The majority ethnic group, the Bamar, account for about 68% of the population. Other ethnic groups include the Kayin (Karen), Kachin, Chin, Mon, Shan and Rakhine.

Burma's ethnic diversity has played a major role in defining its political history and the country continues to face ethnic tensions and conflict. Burma has been ruled by military governments since 1962.

31 Jan 2010 description

Development and political progress cannot be separated in Burma. A genuine and sustained move towards political reconciliation, accountable government and respect for human rights is essential for long-term development and poverty reduction. The Department for International Development (DFID) works closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of the UK's overall approach towards Burma.

DFID's approach is consistent with the European Union Common Position on Burma.

09 Jan 2008 description

Douglas Alexander, the UK International Development Secretary, will meet Burmese refugees who have fled the country's military regime when he visits the Mae Lae refugee camp - sheltering 45,000 Burmese people - on the Thai-Burmese border on Thursday 10 January.

DFID announced a doubling of UK aid to Burma from £9m to £18 million a year by 2010 in October.

30 Oct 2007 description

The UK will increase its aid for the poorest people in Burma from £9 million this year to £18 million by 2010, announced Douglas Alexander, the Secretary of State for International Development, during a debate in the House of Commons yesterday (Monday 29 October).

The announcement comes after peaceful protests led by monks and pro-democracy groups were suppressed by the military regime in September.

Reaching those most in need

Douglas Alexander said:

"We will not turn our backs on the Burmese people who have courageously stood up for their rights.