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Pakistan: Overseas Aid

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

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the UK’s bilateral aid programme is directed towards the rebuilding of Pakistan’s colony shanty towns in which families from the country’s minorities live; what assessment they have made of the number of people, in total, living in those colonies and their access to running water, electricity or education; and when officials from the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office last visited those colonies to assess the conditions of people living there.

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

Our work targets poor people in Pakistan regardless of race, religion, social background, or nationality. Some of the UK’s work has targeted people living in shanty towns and informal settlements. This includes emergency responses to floods, and schools for children from marginalised communities in Karachi, including minorities. We do not hold information on what percentage of the UK’s bilateral aid programme is directed towards rebuilding Pakistan’s colony shanty towns, and there have been no recent staff visits to these areas.

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