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unstar this property answer text <p>World Health Organisation (WHO) data show that the leading causes of death from infectious diseases amongst adolescent girls and women in Africa are HIV/AIDS, diarrhoeal diseases, respiratory infections, meningitis and malaria. HIV/AIDS is not only the leading cause of death itself, but is also responsible for deaths from many other infectious diseases. The UK is the second largest funder of HIV prevention, care and treatment, and has pledged up to £1 billion for the 2014-16 replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Half of Global Fund resources are used to tackle HIV and almost 60% are invested in programmes that reach women and children.</p><p>The UK puts the empowerment of girls and women at the heart of everything we do. Through our multilateral and bilateral investments we are tackling the barriers that limit their access to services, strengthening health systems, and tackling the stigma and gender-based violence and inequality they face.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>CDC is a public limited company with an independent Board and takes individual investment decisions independent of DFID. Information about the investment and its expected development impact is available on CDC's website <a href="http://cdcgroup.com/Media/News/CDC-invests-US181m-in-agribusiness-in-the-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo/" target="_blank">http://cdcgroup.com/Media/News/CDC-invests-US181m-in-agribusiness-in-the-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo/</a>.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>CDC is a public limited company with an independent Board and takes individual investment decisions independent of DFID. Information about the investment and its expected development impact is available on CDC's website <a href="http://cdcgroup.com/Media/News/CDC-invests-US181m-in-agribusiness-in-the-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo/" target="_blank">http://cdcgroup.com/Media/News/CDC-invests-US181m-in-agribusiness-in-the-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo/</a>.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>CDC is a public limited company with an independent Board and takes individual investment decisions independent of DFID. Information about the investment and its expected development impact is available on CDC's website <a href="http://cdcgroup.com/Media/News/CDC-invests-US181m-in-agribusiness-in-the-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo/" target="_blank">http://cdcgroup.com/Media/News/CDC-invests-US181m-in-agribusiness-in-the-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo/</a>.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The table below shows total amounts for each year:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><strong>Year</strong></td><td><strong>£ Thousands</strong></td></tr><tr><td>2009</td><td>£71, 512</td></tr><tr><td>2010</td><td>£95,848</td></tr><tr><td>2011</td><td>£64,915</td></tr><tr><td>2012</td><td>£124,253</td></tr><tr><td>2013</td><td>£113,375</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>General budget support to Malawi was suspended in 2011 due to concerns relating to human rights and public financial management. Tightly managed sector budget support for health and education was continued by all donors but following the <em>Cashgate</em> scandal in November 2013 this too was suspended. There can be no consideration of putting UK funding through Malawi government systems until the integrity of the Government’s financial management systems has been restored and independently verified.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The UK is still committed to poverty reduction and supporting poor people in Malawi, through a large programme of ongoing investments delivered outside of government systems, in health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation, economic development and governance.</p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The UK Government has not provided direct humanitarian assistance to the people of Guinea Bissau in any of the last three years.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The UK Government provides humanitarian core funding to a number of UN agencies, who in turn have provided funding to Guinea Bissau. For example, between 2011 and 2013 the UK Government provided over $300m to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which in turn allocated over $3m to Guinea Bissau.</p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The first annual progress report on commitments made at Girl Summit 2014 – including those announced by United Kingdom Ministers – will be issued in July 2015.</p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>DFID has rapidly responded to the current floods in Malawi. Our response has been based on priorities identified through detailed assessments carried out by the United Nations and the Government of Malawi, validated by DFID officials on the ground. The floods are having a devastating impact on families, homes and livelihoods in the most affected areas. Recent assessments conducted by the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) now suggest that 104 people have died and 172 people are still missing. The number of people displaced to temporary shelters is now estimated at 230,000. DFID has responded to assist those in immediate need, particularly those now sheltering in Government and UN-coordinated displacement camps.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>According to figures from the Government of Malawi, approximately 415 schools have been affected by the floods, either by being damaged or due to their use as shelter by displaced communities. District Government Officials are working hard to coordinate with international support to help affected students resume their learning as soon as possible. Around 2% of Malawi’s arable land has been flooded and DFID is working with its partners in Malawi to ensure that affected households are supported with seeds and tools, to allow them to return to their land as the water subsides and to replant their crops.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The latest updates from the Malawi Department of Disaster Management Affairs and United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator can be found at: <a href="http://www.humanitarianresponse.info/operations/malawi" target="_blank">http://www.humanitarianresponse.info/operations/malawi</a></p><p> </p>
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unstar this property answer text <p>The UK does not provide financial support to the Government of Malawi but we are working with the UN and our NGO partners in support of the Government’s Preliminary Response Plan. UN agencies and NGOs are the best mechanisms through which DFID can ensure quick delivery of UK aid to the people who need it most. We are working closely within the coordination structures established by the Government of Malawi and the UN to ensure our response evolves with the changing conditions on the ground. DFID Malawi will mobilise up to £4.1m to help meet the immediate needs of those affected by the floods, and to support early recovery to allow displaced persons to return to their homes and rebuild their livelihoods. Commitments so far include:</p><p> </p><p>· £1m to the World Food Programme which has enabled them to supply 370,000 with food for the coming weeks;</p><p> </p><p>· £665,000 to UNICEF to provide emergency water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to prevent the spread of disease in displacement camps;</p><p> </p><p>· £575,000 to a consortium of NGO’s led by Concern Universal, £240,000 to the Farmers’ Union of Malawi and £30,000 through our private sector programme to provide seeds and tools to smallholder farmers whose crops have been damaged by the floods. Funding for the Concern Universal consortium is also financing the delivery of food, blankets, and household utensils to the worst hit areas in the first week of the flooding, as well as solar lighting – which is essential for the safety and protection of those living in camps – and fuel-efficient cook-stoves with sustainably harvested firewood.</p><p> </p><p>· £800,000 through the UN Humanitarian Fund, in support of coordination, nutrition, protection and health activities – including support to the World Health Organisation to help prevent the outbreak of diseases and to provide reproductive health services to those living in displacement camps; and support to the International Organization of Migration to support camp management and coordination, and;</p><p> </p><p>· Up to £230,000 to support UN personnel to coordinate the response.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition, a number of NGOs have also accessed the Start Fund, a funding mechanism for delivering rapid humanitarian assistance which is jointly funded by the UK and Irish Governments. ActionAid, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide and Save the Children have used £350,000 from the fund to provide vital resources to those displaced by the floods.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>All of our partners who are directly receiving UK funds work with and through a range of national and international organisations, with strong and long-standing connections to communities on the ground.</p><p> </p>
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