Colombia: Prosperity Fund

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the UK Prosperity Fund for Columbia, published on 10 August 2018 on gov.uk, what programmes his Department provides financial support to in Columbia in addition to the funding outlined in that document.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office jointly manages a number of cross Government programmes in Colombia.

The Cross Government Prosperity Fund supports a multi-year programme (2017-2022) in Colombia with a total allocation of £25.5m. Commencing implementation in April 2018, it will help to rebuild Colombia and improve the lives of more than 3 million people affected by conflict and create export opportunities to the UK.

The Cross Government Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) has allocated almost £40m to two programmes in Colombia since 2015. The two programmes are i) Colombia Security and Access to Peace; and ii) Peru/Colombia Serious Organised Crime.

The International Climate Fund (ICF) managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has allocated over £130m to multi-year (2013 to 2021) programmes in Colombia. In Colombia the ICF supports six programmes which aim to reduce deforestation, increase carbon capture, increase the use of green technology and create secondary benefits for UK companies. Colombia also benefits from a share of £177m in regional ICF programmes which also includes Brazil, Mexico & Peru.

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) provides £7.8m to two programmes in Colombia managed by the UK Space Agency which use satellite based technologies such as Earth Observation to monitor deforestation and climate change. Colombia also benefits from regional programmes supported by up to £18m from the GCRF.

The Newton Fund managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has provided £11.2m (2014-2018) of a planned £30m by 2021 for joint scientific research in Colombia, with 100% matched resource from the Colombian Government. This collaboration is known as the Newton-Caldas Fund (named after prominent scientists in both countries) and has supported biodiversity research involving experts from Kew Gardens and has discovered more than 30 new species and 5 that were thought to be extinct.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Fund has spent over £2.5m on projects in Colombia since 2011. Colombia is one of 30 countries designated by the FCO as a Human Rights Priority Country. The programmes managed by the British Embassy in Bogota priorities work to support human rights defenders, the Preventing Sexual Violence In Conflict Initiative and tackling Modern Slavery.

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