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Palestinians: Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department has provided to Palestinian people (a) through the EU, (b) through UN agencies and (c) directly in each of the last three years; and what proportion of such aid went to (i) Palestinian refugees, (ii) Gaza and (iii) the West Bank.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The table shows how much aid the UK has provided to the Palestinian people over the last three years through our imputed share of European Union (EU) aid spending in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs); through UN agencies such as the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), World Food Programme and UN Mines Action Services; and through bilateral programming which includes both financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and various projects across the OPTs,

Our support to Palestinian refugees is provided through UNRWA and helps provide basic services, such as education, health care and social services, to Palestinian refugees across the OPTs, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The figure for UK support to refugees through the EU is estimated from the proportion of EU support to UNRWA relative to its total support to the OPTs.

It is not possible fully to disaggregate UK aid to Gaza and to the West Bank. For example, our financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA), via a World Bank Trust Fund, helps pay for basic services and salaries of public sector workers in both Gaza and the West Bank. The table disaggregates Gaza-specific assistance (such as support for humanitarian and early recovery activity) where it is possible to do so. EU assistance to the OPTs is similarly provided via a variety of instruments, and from the information available it is not possible to disaggregate between Gaza and the West Bank.

2008 % 2009 % 2010 %
EU (imputed share)   €64.69 million €72.52 million €51.79 million
  Refugees €10.64 million 16 €23.73 million 33 €9.45 million 18
  Gaza and West Bank €54.05 million 84 €48.79 million 67 €42.34 million 82
UN Agencies   £19 million £32.88 million £33.73 million
  Refugees £19 million 100 £24.93 million 76 £27 million 80
  Gaza £0 0 £7.95 million 24 £6.73 million 20
  West Bank £0 0 £0 0 £0 0
Other support   £59.55 million £47.64 million £57.64 million
  Refugees £0 0 £0 0 £0 0
  Gaza £2 million 3 £13.45 million 28 £0.90 million 1.5
  West Bank £0 0 £0 0 £4.4 million 7.5
  West Bank and Gaza £57.55 million 97 £34.19 million 72 £52.34 million 91

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