Development Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne North

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the UK’s international development sector.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin 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)

Britain is a development superpower with world class development organisations delivering aid to those who need it most. DFID continues regularly to consult our stakeholders on the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU, including on eligibility for EU funding. The Withdrawal Agreement confirms the entitlement of UK organisations to participate in current EU programmes for their duration. Under a future partnership, any UK financial contribution to EU programmes would require eligibility for UK entities to bid for and implement relevant programmes. We remain committed to spending 0.7% of our national income on development assistance, and to achieving the UN’s Global Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.

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