Gaza: International Assistance

Department for International Development written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Labour, Birmingham, Northfield

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which multilateral projects in the Gaza Strip her Department helps fund; and how much is disbursed from the public purse for each such project.

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

In Gaza, the UK has provided £1.9 million to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support approximately 1 million Gazans by providing clean water, rehabilitating sanitation facilities and promoting hygiene standards to stop the spread of disease. Additionally, the UK is a long-term supporter of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides basic services to 1.3 million people in Gaza. In 2017/18 we have so far provided around £50 million to UNRWA across the region.

The European Union (EU) is currently supporting six development projects in Gaza through multilateral bodies including UNICEF and UNRWA, totalling over €58 million. The EU is also supporting a number of humanitarian projects in Gaza. The UK’s financing share of EU expenditure varies year on year but has been approximately 15%.

The UK also provides core un-earmarked contributions to multilateral bodies such as UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross and is a shareholder in a number of major international financial institutions, such as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank, which are working across the West Bank and Gaza.

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