Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 10th September 2021.

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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, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction of the crisis reserve fund from £500 million to £30 million on the UK's ability to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

In line with our commitment to responding to unanticipated events and fund bilateral and multilateral programmes in humanitarian hot spots, the UK is doubling its aid to Afghanistan to rapidly respond to the crisis, increasing support to £286 million this financial year. This includes £30 million for responding to the needs of Afghan refugees in the region, of which, £10 million has been made available immediately to humanitarian partners, such as the UNHCR, to enable essential supplies such as shelters to be despatched to the Afghan borders as well as setting up sanitation and hygiene facilities.

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