Rwanda: Females

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 24th September 2020.

Alert me about debates like this

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, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister at the Liaison Committee on 16 September 2020, when his Department made the decision to discontinue the Investing In Adolescent Girls in Rwanda project.

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

Standing up for the right of every girl to 12 years of quality education is a major priority for this Government. Our bilateral programmes and funding to organisations like the Global Partnership for Education and Education Cannot Wait make the UK a global leader in promoting girls' education. We will soon be publishing a Girls' Education Action Plan, expanding our activity in this area and we will work with countries around the world to do more, to step up, to give every girl access to 12 years of quality education.

The Investing In Adolescent Girls in Rwanda programme was a life skills project not an education project.

Hard decisions were needed through the ODA prioritisation process to meet new needs created by the pandemic and to manage the impact of COVID-19 on GNI.

Over the summer, the First Secretary and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury oversaw this decision-making process, which looked at every strand of the ODA budget. This thorough process has ensured we remain prioritised on poverty reduction for the 'bottom billion', as well as tackling climate change and reversing biodiversity loss, championing girls' education, UK leadership in the global response to Covid-19, and campaigning on issues such as media freedom and freedom of religious belief.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.