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. This is what developing countries want and is what the international system needs to help deliver. Whilst there is an urgent need for traditional aid in many parts of the world, ultimately economic development is how we will achieve the Global Goals and help countries move beyond the need for aid.
Contribution to the Global Goals and other government commitments (achieved as at March 2018)
- 166 thousand children supported to gain a decent education
- 471 thousand people with sustainable access to clean water and/or sanitation
- 9 thousand children under 5, women and adolescent girls reached through nutrition related interventions
- Humanitarian: We are delivering vital support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, primarily through multipurpose cash grants to around 10,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families every month. We are also providing improved shelter accommodation for over 22,000 vulnerable refugees and legal assistance, support and advice (e.g. birth/marriage registration, civil documentation) to over 97,000 refugees. We work with United Nations agencies to reform and ensure they deliver effectively for the world’s most vulnerable and are value for money for the UK tax payer.
- Basic services: We are working toward reaching the goal of all Syrian and Lebanese children getting a decent education. We will do this by working with the government of Lebanon to improve the quality of primary and secondary education. We are providing support for over 185,000 yearly enrolment costs for the formal education of vulnerable Lebanese and non-Lebanese children, and we are supporting up to 100,000 places for catch up education for children currently out of school.
- Economic development: We are helping to create job opportunities for Lebanese and Syrians by supporting Small and Medium Enterprises to grow, and through targeted infrastructure investments. To date, over 30 thousand people have been supported through livelihoods interventions and more than 1,400 jobs have been created for vulnerable Lebanese and Syrians. We will consider providing a loan to a multilateral development bank to provide concessional finance to support the government of Lebanon’s large infrastructure projects, and advise the government on economic reforms to help tackle Lebanon’s macroeconomic challenges.