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Developing Countries: Water

International Development written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Mark Menzies Mark Menzies Conservative, Fylde

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department supports to educate children in international crisis zones on the importance of clean water.

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

The Department for International Development (DFID) provides core funding to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) which has an important role in ensuring children's basic needs are met, including access to and education in water and sanitation. UNICEF protects the health and well-being of children through the promotion of safe drinking water, especially during humanitarian crises.

DFID will provide £40 million in annual voluntary core funding to UNICEF for each of the next two financial years (2011-12 and 2012-13). There is also a provisional funding allocation of £40 million per year for financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15, dependant on a mid-point review.

In addition to this multilateral funding, DFID have also committed directly to delivering on a series of challenging targets concerning water and sanitation. These include making sure 15 million more people have access to clean drinking water, 25 million more people have access to improved sanitation facilities and 15 million more people are reached by hygiene promotion.

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