East Africa: Famine

Department for International Development written question – answered on 26th April 2017.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to meet commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 on providing funding for local and national actors to respond to the East Africa food crisis.

Photo of James Wharton James Wharton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

We are making progress to meet our commitments, made at the World Humanitarian Summit, on localisation. Globally DFID is the largest donor to the Country Based Pooled Funds and continues to invest in civil society consortia that support localisation. This includes through the centrally managed Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) which invests in the longer-term capacity development of national and local NGOs in contexts of high humanitarian risk. In East Africa, DEPP supports 15 projects in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan. Where we are required to deliver rapidly and across multiple contexts, such as in the east Africa food crisis, international assistance remains necessary to deliver at scale.

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