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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Aldridge-Brownhills more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The UK Aid Strategy,<em> Tackling Global Challenges in the National Interest</em>, notes that the government will sharpen oversight and monitoring of all Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend. This will apply to all government ODA spend including through cross-government funds. HM Treasury and DFID will co-chair a working group, reporting to ministers, in order to ensure value for money. DFID officials are working with HM Treasury to agree the remit of this working group. All government departments and funds spending ODA will be invited to attend the group. The group will meet for the first time in spring 2016. In addition, DFID reports UK ODA to the OECD and is responsible for reporting to Parliament on whether the 0.7 per cent GNI/ODA target is met. As part of this, DFID engages with all ODA-spending departments to: collate and quality assure UK ODA spend data for the previous calendar year for reporting to the OECD; monitor ODA spend within each current calendar year to meet the 0.7 per cent GNI/ODA target; and make arrangements for the independent evaluation of the extent to which all ODA provided by the UK represents value for money.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Wendy Morton more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Wythenshawe and Sale East more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The UK is a key supporter of the Global Fund and pledged up to £1 billion between 2014 and 2016, subject to a 10% donor share cap. Approximately 50% of Global Fund resources are directed to Middle Income Countries (MICs) and the UK has asked the Global Fund to focus more heavily on marginalised groups in MICs where they do invest.</p><p>The UK is working with the Global Fund and other partners to encourage MICs to develop their own self-financed programmes to combat concentrated epidemics, ensuring that investments are effectively reaching key populations and holding national governments to account so that vulnerable groups are not left behind.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Kane more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>At the “Supporting Syria and the Region London 2016” Conference we co-hosted on 4<sup>th</sup> February 2016, leaders came together to pledge more than $11 billion, the largest amount raised in one day for a humanitarian crisis. Commitments made at the Conference will help to create 1.1 million jobs and provide education to an additional 1 million children. This money will save lives, give hope and give people a chance for the future. The Conference also brought leaders together to praise the bravery of all those working inside Syria to protect innocent civilians, demand an end to these abuses and obstruction of humanitarian aid. The outcomes of the conference are reflected in the Co-hosts' statement available on the Conference website <a href="http://www.supportingsyria2016.com/" target="_blank">www.supportingsyria2016.com</a>.</p><p> </p><p>We are deeply concerned by the humanitarian impact of the ongoing Syrian regime offensive on Aleppo, which is backed by Russian airstrikes; including the high level of displacement it is causing.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>DFID continues to use existing funding to support our partners to be flexible in their responses and to enable the realignment of programming to meet those newly displaced and most in need. We are working with our partners in Aleppo and Idlib governorates to increase their existing food distribution and primary health assistance to support the newly displaced. We also support the UN OCHA managed, Humanitarian Pooled Fund (HPF), which has announced a US$10.5 million emergency fund to meet the needs of the new displaced as a result of the fighting in northern Aleppo. The HPF funding will focus on meeting key health, WASH, food, shelter and protection needs.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Bradford East more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>HMRC actively engages with developing countries and has recently agreed treaties with Senegal and Zambia. Tax treaties encourage the appropriate tax treatment of cross-border economic activity, promote international trade and investment and ultimately lead to sustainable tax revenues.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Imran Hussain more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Bradford East more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The UK is one of the leading donors on tax and development and we have committed to double our support on tax by 2020 as part of the Addis Tax Initiative. DFID is currently engaged in, or developing, tax reform in 26 of our 28 priority countries. This includes support from the Tax Capacity Building Unit in HMRC we established in 2013 and from international organisations such as OECD, the Global Forum and the World Bank which DFID funds to provide technical assistance to tackle tax evasion and multinational tax avoidance.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Imran Hussain more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Hackney North and Stoke Newington more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>DFID is providing nearly £46 million to support refugees in Europe. Part of this funding will provide shelter, warm clothes, food, and medical supplies, including for 27,000 children and babies, many of whom have fled fighting in Syria.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ms Diane Abbott more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Hackney North and Stoke Newington more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Over the next five years, DFID will build on its economic development work to ensure productive employment opportunities for young people are increased, including those in situations of protracted displacement.</p><p>Significant commitments to support Syrian refugees gain employment were made at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London on 4 February, which was co-hosted by the UK alongside Norway, Germany, Kuwait and the UN.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ms Diane Abbott more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Hackney North and Stoke Newington more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>DFID is providing additional support to help mitigate the impact of El Niño-related drought in southern Africa. We are delivering humanitarian assistance to drought-affected communities, boosting disaster preparedness activities and improving the resilience of households to future climate shocks. Building resilience against climate shocks is a key component of all our climate-related work across Africa.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ms Diane Abbott more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Hackney North and Stoke Newington more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>DFID is funding work on mental health in several of our focus countries. For example in Malawi, under the Health Partnership Scheme DFID is helping to establish a community-based programme to improve care of people with common and severe mental health illnesses.</p><p>The UK is also providing mental health services through the provision of mobile clinics, healthcare and emergency surgery for Syrian refugees caught up in the ongoing crisis</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ms Diane Abbott more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Leeds Central more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>To date, the UK has committed £79.5 million to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. UK aid is reaching hundreds of thousands of people across Iraq, including the most vulnerable groups, such as Yezidis. All UK-funded aid is distributed on the basis of needs and in line with humanitarian principles which ensure that no-one is discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion or ethnicity . According to the International Organisation for Migration, the vast majority of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Iraq live in host communities, with around 10% of all Iraqi IDPs living in camps.</p><p> </p><p>On a field visit to Dohuk in January 2016, DFID officials met with a number of displaced Iraqis, including Yezidis, and discussed their shelter needs and living conditions. This included members of the Yezidi community who were living in poor conditions in informal settlements. The DFID team were told that the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) had undertaken to relocate these individuals to a camp with appropriate services and conditions. However, this offer had been declined by Yezidi heads of households because of a perception that the camps were too far from employment opportunities although it appeared that other members of the community held differing views about the suitability of the camps.</p><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hilary Benn more like this