Afghanistan: Development Aid

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 28th July 2022.

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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, how much her Department spent on programmes targeted at women and girls in Afghanistan in (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21 and (c) 2021-22.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The majority of spending on women and girls is integrated into other programmes, rather than through discrete programmes specifically designed to target women and girls. For example during the period 2019 to 2022, the UK provided £190m to the World Bank's Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund which targets women and girls. We also fund programmes specifically targeted at women and girls. The UK spent £0.9m, in 2019/20, £0.8m in 2020/21 and £4.3m 2021/22 on programmes in Afghanistan aimed at tackling gender-based violence, sexual reproductive health services, health protection and empowerment.

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