Development Aid: Gender Based Violence and Poverty

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 17 November 2023.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Shadow Minister (Flooding, Oceans and Coastal Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much Official Development Assistance has been allocated to projects related to (a) poverty reduction and (b) ending violence against women and girls in each of the last four years.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

(a) It is not possible to identify all UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) allocated to projects related to poverty reduction from information FCDO holds. Expenditure on development assistance (as defined in the International Development Act 2002) requires Ministers to be satisfied that the assistance is likely to contribute to a reduction in poverty. There is no express requirement for consideration of a reduction in poverty for expenditure on humanitarian assistance, though in many cases humanitarian assistance may also contribute to poverty reduction.

Table 1 sets out total FCDO ODA spend and the amount spent on humanitarian assistance from 2019 - 2022. This is likely to be an underestimate of all UK ODA allocated to projects related to poverty reduction as it doesn't include any relevant ODA spend by other government departments.

Table 1: Estimated FCDO ODA spent on poverty reduction (£thousand)

2019

2020

2021

2022

Total FCDO ODA

11,785,190

10,663,010

8,174,885

7,634,908

of which: ODA to humanitarian sector

1,526,136

1,523,982

737,272

1,086,403

Source: Statistics on International Development

(b)

Ending violence against women and girls overseas remains a top priority for the Government. Table 2 shows UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) spend on tackling violence against women and girls. This is likely to be an underestimate as some humanitarian and other sectoral programmes also work to prevent and respond to violence but are not captured in these figures.

Table 2: UK ODA to Sector Code 15180: Ending violence against women and girls, 2019 - 2022 (£ thousands)

2019

2020

2021

2022

UK bilateral ODA to sector code 15180

47,096

35,556

27,572

75,106

Imputed UK share of multilateral Net ODA to sector code 15180

21,829

19,215

24,647

Data not yet available

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