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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 13 March 2017
Department for International Development
USA: Family Planning
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department plans to take to support the comprehensive sexual and reproductive health rights of those people affected by the US Administration's Mexico City policy.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 16 March 2017

The UK is the second largest bilateral donor in the world for family planning, after the US. We will continue to be a global leader on family planning, women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health, including where appropriate access to safe abortion.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 06 March 2017
Department for International Development
Somalia: Famine
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to ensure that food is disbursed to people affected by the famine in Somalia.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 March 2017

DFID has allocated £110 million for the 2017 Drought Response in Somalia, making us the largest bilateral donor to the appeal. This support will provide up to one million people with emergency food assistance. We are also providing life-saving assistance to over 600,000 starving children and mothers; safe drinking water and hygiene to one million people and emergency health services to 1.1 million people.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 07 March 2017
Department for International Development
Procurement: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what criteria are used to guide procurement decisions on HIV and TB medicines in her Department's bilateral programmes.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 March 2017

All bilateral and multilateral procurement of health commodities and medicines follow standard World Health Organisation guidelines to ensure they are global standard approved medicines. All investments are also driven by value for money considerations and best commercial practice.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 07 March 2017
Department for International Development
USA: HIV Infection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the US Administration's Mexico City policy on levels of funding for the global HIV and AIDS response.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 March 2017

The full implications of the reinstated and expanded Mexico City policy on global funding for the HIV response are not yet clear, but we are closely following developments. DFID will consider the implications with our offices, with UK civil society and with donors. The UK has made a £1.1 billion pledge to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria for the 5th replenishment 2017-2019, increased from £800m for the 4th replenishment. This will boost funding for HIV through the Global Fund and will support the firm commitment to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 07 March 2017
Department for International Development
HIV Infection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the UN programme on HIV/AIDS, published in June 2016, what discussions she has had with her international counterparts on the decline in global HIV funding by 13 per cent between 2014 and 2015.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 13 March 2017

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I provided on 24 November 2016 to Question number 53850.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 27 February 2017
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Abortion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if her Department will contribute to the new, global fund to help women access abortion services launched by the Netherlands on 25 January 2017.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 06 March 2017

The UK is the second largest bilateral donor in the world for family planning, after the US. Our funding is allocated on the basis of whatever mechanism will deliver the best value and outcomes for women around the world. We will continue to be a global leader on family planning, women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health, including where appropriate access to safe abortion.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 17 February 2017
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Older People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the absence of a reference to age in the Bilateral Development Review commitment to Leave No One Behind represents a change of policy to no longer include older people in the Government's implementation of that commitment.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 24 February 2017

There has been no change in DFID’s policy on older people. In implementing the commitment to Leave No One Behind DFID is focusing on understanding, including and empowering those at risk of being left behind. This includes collecting age disaggregated data to better understand the needs of older people and how DFID programmes are reaching them.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
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Asked on: 05 December 2016
Department for International Development
Government Departments: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that other Departments' official development assistance expenditure is transparent.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 08 December 2016

All Government Departments will be held to the Value for Money guidance for Official Development Assistance that they committed to.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 04 November 2016
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: HIV Infection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the link between gender-based violence and the increased risk of HIV infection in women overseas; and what steps her Department plans to take to address that issue.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 14 November 2016

Global progress in reducing new HIV infections in women and girls remains a priority for the UK. Women and girls subjected to intimate partner violence can be up to 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV. DFID has made significant progress in scaling up efforts to address violence against women and girls and preventing sexual violence in conflict, nearly doubling our programming from 64 programmes in 2012 to 127 in 2016. We will continue this crucial work.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 19 October 2016
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Poverty
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution her Department has made to UN Sustainable Development Goal 1 on poverty eradication in the last six months; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 25 October 2016

Eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 is the primary purpose of UK aid under the International Development Act and one of the UK Aid Strategy’s objectives. DFID’s 2015/16 Annual Report sets out progress against our Single Departmental Plan, and hence to delivery of the 2030 Agenda. Progress in 2016/17 will be set out in our next Annual Report.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 19 October 2016
Department for International Development
Nigeria: Life Expectancy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations she has received on trends in life expectancy in Northern Nigeria; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 25 October 2016

Survey data on infant and child mortality rates shows that mortality rates are much higher in the north of Nigeria compared to the south.

In 2015/16, of a total DFID bilateral spend in Nigeria of £214m, approximately 60% of programming focused in six northern states. Additionally, over the last two years, DFID has scaled up its response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the northeast, bringing life-saving support to those affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 19 October 2016
Department for International Development
Yemen: Humanitarian Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to aid organisations based in Yemen to deliver humanitarian assistance in that country.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 25 October 2016

The UK is the fourth largest donor to Yemen with an additional £37 million in UK funding for Yemen announced at the UN General Assembly. This brings the UK’s total to £100 million in humanitarian assistance for 2016/17 which is provided to aid organisations in Yemen. Last year, we helped more than 1.3 million Yemenis with food, medical supplies, water, and emergency shelter.

We also continue to urge parties to the conflict to take all reasonable steps to facilitate rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to ensure our partners are able to deliver aid to its intended beneficiaries.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 12 October 2016
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the report by UNESCO, entitled Global Education Monitoring Report 2016; and what steps at (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral level her Department plans to take as a result of that report.
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Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 19 October 2016

The 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report highlights the UK’s global leadership on education, identifying that we provided 17% of total education aid to the poorest countries between 2012 and 2014. We will work bilaterally, and through our multilateral partners, to help 11 million children in the poorest countries gain a decent education by 2020. We continue to focus on educating children in emergencies; supporting the Education Cannot Wait fund which we were integral to setting up.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 11 October 2016
Department for International Development
Marriage: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking in co-operation with UN agencies to tackle the increase in child brides in refugee camps and conflict areas.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 18 October 2016

The UK is committed to the ‘Call to Action’ on women and girls and keeping girls and women safe in emergencies, including providing £23.5 million to UNFPA in Syria, to support women and girls vulnerable to child and forced marriage, domestic violence, and sexual violence, abuse, and exploitation through improved access to psycho-social support and sexual and reproductive health care.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 12 October 2016
Department for International Development
Department for International Development: Public Expenditure
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's budget is planned to be allocated to projects administered by other Departments in 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 18 October 2016

The Spending Review settlement provides that approximately 17% of DFID’s budget in 2017-18 is expected to be transferred to (a) other government departments to fund projects that they will administer and (b) cross-government facilities into which DFID and other departments can bid such as the Conflict, Security and Stabilisation Fund as set out in DFID’s Spending Review settlement letter.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 02 September 2016
Department for International Development
Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's policy is on maintaining its commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income on overseas aid.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 09 September 2016

This Government remains committed to continuing the UK’s leading role on international development, including through spending 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) on overseas aid.

As an outward-looking, globally engaged nation, we believe that the UK should work to tackle international problems at their source – not wait for them to arrive on our doorstep.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 02 September 2016
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Economic Growth
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how her Department plans to fund support for economic development in developing countries.
A
Answered by: Priti Patel
Answered on: 09 September 2016

My department remains committed to providing support for work on economic development. We are currently developing our Economic Development Strategy and will be considering funding allocations as part of our wider aid reviews.

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