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Developing Countries: Water

International Development written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government have taken to improve access to water in the developing world.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

At the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting in Washington on 20 April 2012, the Secretary of State for International Development, my right hon. Friend Mr Mitchell, announced that the UK will double its results for the number of people we will reach with WaSH programmes. The UK has committed to reach at least 60 million people by 2015. Details of how we will deliver the scaled-up ambition are under development.

The Department for International Development is currently implementing nine major WaSH bilateral programmes in Africa (Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) and four in South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Vietnam). We also contribute to the results achieved by multilateral organisations including the European Commission, the World Bank, UNICEF and the African Development Bank.

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