Developing Countries: Education:Written question - 109226

Asked by Stephen Twigg
(Liverpool, West Derby)
Asked on: 24 October 2017
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Education
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of UK humanitarian aid was spent on education in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014, (d) 2015 and (e) 2016.
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 31 October 2017

UK humanitarian aid is classified using standards defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) so they can be comparable across the international donor community. These classifications cover five broad areas of humanitarian activity:

  • Material relief, assistance and services (which includes Education)
  • Emergency food aid
  • Relief coordination, protection and support
  • Reconstruction, relief and rehabilitation
  • Disaster prevention and preparedness

The amount of UK humanitarian aid spent specifically on education is therefore not held centrally, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

The OECD DAC are currently finalising the 2017 updates to the humanitarian codes. This will include the introduction of a specific “Education in Emergencies” code, the adoption of which will allow for future monitoring of humanitarian spend on education.

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