Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 27th May 2021.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department conducted an impact assessment on the reduction in UK aid to the Rohingya in Bangladesh in 2021.
The UK remains a leading donor to the Rohingya response in Bangladesh despite the financial pressures. At the launch of the Joint Response Plan on 18 May, we announced £27.6 million of new funding to the Rohingya response in Bangladesh, bringing our total contribution to over £320 million since the start of the crisis in 2017. This new funding will deliver more lifesaving aid, including food assistance, health services, water and sanitation, camp management, shelter, cooking gas, and protection for survivors of gender-based violence. Although bilateral funding is reduced, every effort is being made to maintain these critical services. This is being coordinated closely with other donors, along with the consolidation of service provision to achieve better effectiveness, impact and value for taxpayers' money. In addition to bilateral funding, the UK is providing support to the Rohingya refugee response through global funds such as the Global Partnership for Education, Education Cannot Wait, the Central Emergency Response Fund, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. UK funds also support the Rohingya through the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
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