Refugees

Department for International Development written question – answered on 30th January 2019.

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Photo of Chris Law Chris Law Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to consult with refugee communities on the effectiveness of UK aid programmes.

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)

We are clear that refugees and host communities must have the opportunity to engage meaningfully with the decisions that affect them. DFID works with partners to consult beneficiaries and engage directly with affected communities. This includes community outreach to Rohingya in Bangladesh, a new inter-agency mechanism to better manage refugee feedback and complaints in Uganda, and through refugees sitting on utility boards in Ethiopia to make decisions about water supply and treatment. We also pushed to ensure refugees were part of the consultations on the new Global Compact on Refugees. We welcome the “strong partnership and participatory approach” with refugees that the final Compact emphasises.

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