Developing Countries: Poverty

Department for International Development written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to his written statement on the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy HCWS126, if he will include in that review a commitment to help end extreme poverty around the world.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Integrated Review will be a wholesale reassessment of the UK’s foreign, defence, security and development policy. The specific inclusion of development as part of the review demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that the UK’s development, security and foreign policies are complementary.

The Review will be underpinned by the commitment the Government has already made to spend 0.7% of GNI to international development. The Government is committed to the 0.7% target and to continuing to use our aid budget to fight disease, support people living through conflicts and humanitarian emergencies, and help girls all round the world get a quality education.

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