Development Aid: Females

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2022.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the £745 million announced for Official Development Assistance to women and girls programming in the 2022-23 financial year, how much and what proportion of that funding will be spent on programmes for girls and young women.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)

The UK is putting women and girls at the heart of its foreign and development policy. This financial year, the UK intends to restore bilateral ODA spending on women and girls to 20/21 levels. Initial allocations have been set internally to deliver the priorities set out in the International Development Strategy and the Integrated Review, based on the FCDO's Spending Review 2021 settlement. Given the Government's response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, wider ODA pressures including the ODA-eligible expenditure incurred through the Afghan resettlement programme and the UK's support to people fleeing Ukraine, the FCDO and other ODA spending departments will need to revisit those allocations to ensure all ODA eligible spending is managed within 0.5% of GNI this calendar year.

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