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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Eritrea: Christianity (4 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: The Government of Eritrea permits and regulates the practice of three Christian religions: Orthodox, Catholic, and Lutheran, as well as Sunni Islam. The majority of worshippers from these permitted religions are able to practice their religion freely. I am concerned that those from minority unregistered religions, such as the Pentecostal Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses, face regular...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (4 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: Preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG), including conflict-related sexual violence, is a priority for DFID. The FCO leads HMG’s work on this important agenda through the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI). DFID contributes towards PSVI’s objectives through investing in evidence revealing both the scale of the problem and...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Overseas Aid: Audit (4 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: DFID implements robust controls to ensure that partners’ UK aid programmes deliver value for money, reflect our values and comply with relevant laws. DFID’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee meets at least five times each year and reviews the strength of these controls on an ongoing basis. The Committee draws on audits conducted by DFID’s Internal Audit Department and the National...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Armenia: Gold (4 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: The UK is a shareholder of the International Financial Cooperation (IFC) and has a single seat on its Board. Our membership and support for international financial institutions like the IFC helps to advance sustainable and inclusive growth in developing economies. The IFC has robust environmental, social and governance safeguards, which it assesses all projects and investments against. The UK...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Prosperity in Africa (4 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: Increased trade and investment in Africa will improve African Government revenues, and support job creation and economic growth, which is beneficial for African states and the United Kingdom. On 20 January, the Government hosted the UK-Africa investment summit, where £6.5 billion-worth of commercial deals and £1.5 billion-worth of Government funding initiatives were announced. Commitments...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Nationals: Consular Support (4 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: Our consular staff help more than 20,000 British people abroad every year. The support is tailored to the individual circumstances of each case, and prioritises those who are most in need. We constantly strive to improve our support, and use customer feedback to improve our services and staff skills.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Gambia: Arrests of Protestors (4 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: I thank the hon. Lady for her question. We are concerned that the political protests on 26 January turned violent. We are monitoring the investigations into that incident closely through our high commission. The UK is clear that the right to peaceful protest and media freedom must be upheld without recourse to violence and intimidation.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (4 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: We take allegations of torture and mistreatment very seriously and we raise them with the Indian authorities. I know that the hon. Gentleman recently met Lord Ahmad on 23 October and 19 December. I am happy to arrange another meeting with Lord Ahmad or to have a meeting with him myself.

Agriculture Bill (3 Feb 2020)

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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nigeria: Religious Freedom (3 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: Communities of different religions live together peacefully across most of Nigeria. However, for many decades Nigeria has experienced episodes of serious religious conflict, including between Muslim and Christian communities. The drivers of violence are complex and rooted in ethnic and religious identities, politics and access to resources. For more than a decade, Islamic insurgents including...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Sustainable Development (3 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: The Department for International Development and the Cabinet Office work closely to support cross-government implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Cabinet Office supports domestic coordination on the SDGs and ensures that progress on the Government’s priorities, including the SDGs, is maximised. There is ongoing engagement with Cabinet Office Ministers on a wide range...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Overseas Companies (3 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: DFID complies with the UK's Public Contracts Regulations (2015), which impose a legal obligation on contracting authorities to treat all suppliers equally and not to discriminate by, amongst other things, favouring national suppliers. Opening up DFID contracts to competition from across the world means that UK Aid can draw on a bigger pool of expertise and experience and negotiate better...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: UK-Africa Investment Summit (3 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: More than 1,700 people attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit on 20 January 2020. This included Leaders and Ministers from African Governments, CEOs and senior representatives from African and British businesses, institutional investors, international organisations, financial institutions and civil society. Businesses from a wide range of sectors were invited, including the oil and gas sector.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Angola: Droughts (3 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: Southern Africa is facing an urgent humanitarian crisis due to drought and other climate-related and economic factors. In southern Angola over 500,000 people are experiencing crisis-level food insecurity. The UK is pushing to put this crisis on the international agenda. On a recent visit to the country, I met with Angola’s Minister for Environment and discussed the drought and more broadly...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Africa: Overseas Aid (3 Feb 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: As one of the world’s largest capital markets and a global centre of financial expertise, the UK has a central role to play in channelling private capital to developing economies. We want to ensure that the City of London is a leading financial centre for the developing world, supporting economic growth, job creation and an exit from aid. That is why at the UK-Africa Investment Summit we...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Development Assistance Committee (31 Jan 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: The UK continues to make representations regarding Development Assistance Committee criteria for Official Development Assistance (ODA). The ODA rules enable a broad range of activities to be defined as ODA. They need to continue to evolve as development challenges change and to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2012 the UK has led the way in modernising the rules, securing...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Education (30 Jan 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: The UK is the largest donor to Education Cannot Wait. Education Cannot Wait has supported over 2 million children since its inception. The funding provided directly to Education Cannot Wait in each financial year has been: - 2016/17 - £7.5m - 2017/18 - £10m - 2018/19 - £12.1m - 2019/20 - £38.5m Total - £68.1m Planned future spend provided directly is anticipated as: - 2020/21 - £25.6m -...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Education (30 Jan 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: The Prime Minister has publicly stated that education, particularly girls’ education, is a priority for the UK. He announced a commitment of up to £300 million for the International Finance Facility for Education at the UN General Assembly in September 2019, consisting of £100 million in grant funding and $250 million in paid-in cash and guarantees. The Facility will make a generate...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Education (30 Jan 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: The UK launched our flagship Girls’ Education Challenge programme – the world’s largest global fund dedicated to girls’ education – in May 2012. The first phase of the Girls’ Education Challenge (2012-2017) directly provided quality education for over a million marginalised girls through 37 different projects in 18 countries across Africa and Asia, many operating in conflict and...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Asia and South America: Infrastructure (30 Jan 2020)

Andrew Stephenson: Supporting infrastructure investment in Asia is a priority. DFID funds bilateral projects in six countries in Asia, for example the £265 million Pakistan Corridors Programme, the £46 million Accelerating Investment and Infrastructure in Nepal. The CDC and the predominantly UK financed Private Infrastructure Group also invest in Asia. In addition, in both Asia and South America the UK’s...

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