Overseas Aid: Payments

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 18th September 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department plans to maintain the Department for International Development commitment to more than double its use of cash and vouchers to 32 per cent by 2025.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK supports the use of cash in humanitarian response as an effective, efficient, and accountable way of helping people affected by crisis meet a range of basic needs. Some humanitarian assistance is currently delivered as cash (and vouchers) as per the UK Government's commitment at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. The UK also co-convenes the Grand Bargain Cash Workstream with the World Food Programme. The UK leads on digital cash delivery, and we have pioneered the delivery of mobile cash transfers in Uganda and use of biometric identification in Jordan.

The UK continues to look at how its aid money can be spent most effectively in our national interest including through the Integrated Review, which will report in the Autumn and inform the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's priorities.

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