Developing Countries: Weapons

Department for International Development written question – answered on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many projects funded by her Department support the long-term needs of victims of (a) explosive violence, (b) land mines and (c) other weapons.

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)

DFID does not fund individual victim assistant programmes, as set out in the UK’s mine action policy. Support and assistance to victims of landmines and improvised explosive devices (ERW) is best provided through broader social and economic development programmes in affected countries, rather than through targeting particular groups.

DFID has committed £100million over three years to reduce the impact of landmines and ERW on communities through programmes that survey and clear land; provide mine risk education to help communities to understand the dangers of abandoned mines and ERW; and help governments manage their own landmine and ERW contamination more efficiently.

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