Syria: Overseas Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 13th November 2017.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how the Government is fulfilling its commitment as set out by the Grand Bargain where the UK pledged continuous leadership to provide education for children in crises and support to all partners who have extensive access to parts of Syria which have suffered the worst of the current crisis.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is working with the UN and other donors to translate the Grand Bargain commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit into action, including through its response to the Syria crisis.

The UK plays a leading role in providing education in crises. We helped launch UNICEF’s No Lost Generation Initiative, which provides education, protection, and mental health support for children affected by the Syria crisis. In 2016/2017 alone, DFID helped provide over 350,000 children in Syria with access to formal primary education and over 80,000 with access to non-formal education.

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