South Sudan: Famine

Department for International Development written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Bates on 23 February (HL Deb, col 411), how much new money has been allocated to alleviate famine in South Sudan; to whom it has been (1) allocated, and (2) given; and how it is being used.

Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Bates on 23 February (HL Deb, col 411), and to the statement by the Secretary of State for International Development on 22 February announcing new packages of life-saving UK aid for South Sudan and Somalia, how much new money is being made available and allocated for use in South Sudan.

Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Bates on 23 February (HL Deb, col 411), when the new money allocated to help famine victims in South Sudan was signed off; who are the intended recipients of that funding; and whether any of that money has been allocated to (1) the government of South Sudan, (2) NGOs, or (3) UN agencies, and if so, how much.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

Millions of people in South Sudan have been suffering from food shortages for many years. For this reason, DFID has developed a large multi-year humanitarian programme and the UK, with other donors, have been able to prevent famine in each of the last three years. We provide our partners with indicative allocations to help them to plan – but these are not binding commitments. The Secretary of State’s announcement on 22 February that the UK would make £100million available to provide food for 500,000 people and other lifesaving support is the first public announcement, and a binding commitment, of our intended support to South Sudan over the next year.

The recipients of the UK’s humanitarian assistance are the people of South Sudan who need it most. The UK does not give any money to the Government of South Sudan. The details of how the £100million will be allocated are being finalised with our partners who are a range of UN agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations.

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