Developing Countries: Economic Situation

Department for International Development written question – answered on 13th February 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 ensure that economic development programmes help the most marginalised and vulnerable in target countries.

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)

DFID’s 2017 Economic Development Strategy commits to help the most marginalised and vulnerable people through DFID’s economic development programmes, including people living in extreme poverty, women and girls, and people with disabilities. Programming decisions and design are informed by context-specific analysis of opportunities and constraints for supporting inclusive growth that spreads benefits and opportunities right across society. Under the 2014 Gender Equality Act, DFID considers the impact of development or humanitarian assistance on gender equality. DFID’s Inclusive Data Charter Action Plan and DFID’s Disability Inclusion Strategy, both launched in 2018, set out specific steps to make economic development programmes more inclusive.

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