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The UK has a long and proud history of supporting international development. Since 2015 when the commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI was written into law, the UK has become one of the top three donors globally.
However, with this leadership role comes responsibility not only to those whom we look to help but also to the UK tax-payers.
Making sure the UK’s aid budget is transparent and achieving value for money. All FCDO spend above £500 is now published on its website. Under DfID the threshold for ministerial approval of projects was reduced from £40m to £5m. DfID also reduced central administrative costs by 30%. CFID will help support mechanisms to ensure that the efforts made by DfID to check the risks of corruption and only provide funding if it is clear it will be used for proper purposes are continued under the FCDO.
We support accountability mechanisms such as ICAI and the select committees designed to hold those who spend ODA but also those who deliver ODA on behalf of UK tax-payers.
An ethical and effective supply chain.
CFID believes it is critical to ensure that UK companies and organizations involved in delivering UK ODA do so in an ethical, effective and cost-efficient way, in line with Conservative values.
Resilience and self sufficiency
As Global Britain becomes more outward looking, the case for investment in international development becomes stronger in order to help developing economies become resilient and self-sufficient.
Self-sufficient countries with robust and transparent institutions are better equipped to:
Supporting Conservative Party Manifesto Pledges
Our manifesto promise: Proudly maintain 0.7% GNI spend and do more to help aid recipient countries become self sufficient
The ultimate goal of development should be to end aid dependency through growth and jobs. FCDO and formerly DfID transformed the way Britain’s aid budget is spent to help developing countries improve their business environments and generate their own tax revenues.
What have we done?
Since 2013 UK aid helped 11.6 million people, including 5.3 million women, access financial services through mobile phones so they can overcome the problem of a lack of bank facilities in developing countries. UK aid also helped create 6.5m jobs and livelihoods via the international organisations (like the World Bank) that we support. Between 2010/11 and 2013/14 DfID’s support helped 1.6m people secure their land and property rights.
Add efforts to train /build robust central banks, other institutions to strengthen developing economies.
Our manifesto pledge: Support rights of every girl to have 12 years of quality education
What have we done?
Since 2015, UK aid has supported over 14 million children in getting access to a decent education, nearly half, 6 million of whom, were girls.
In 2018 the UK helped launch the Leave No Girl Behind Campaign and since then announced a further £515 million to help get over 12 million children, half of them girls, in to school.
The Girls’ Education Challenge Phase 2 will enable up to 1 million marginalised girls (currently supported through Phase 1) to continue to learn, complete primary school and transition on to secondary education. A further 500,000 highly marginalised adolescent girls, who are out of school, will also be targeted to gain literacy, numeracy and other skills relevant for life and work. It is estimated that at least 400,000 girls will complete junior secondary school in the first four years of the extension. The extension will build on what we have learnt so far in Phase 1 and further deepen global understanding of what works for girls’ education, particularly during adolescence and in the transition from education to work.
Our manifesto pledge: Work to eliminate preventable maternal and newborn deaths by 2030
What have we done?
Since 2015 over 5.6 million births have taken place safely in the presence of nurses, midwives, or doctors. And UK aid has helped save over 80,100 mothers’ lives during childbirth, along with 226,000 babies during this period.
Further, in the year 2018-2019, the UK helped to prevent 7.3 million unintended pregnancies through planned parenting education programmes; save 8,300 maternal lives; and prevent 89,900 stillbirths and 52,900 new-born deaths.
What we have done?
The Global Human Rights sanctions regime gives the UK the power to stop those involved in serious human rights abuses and violations from entering the country, channelling money through UK banks, or profiting from our economy. Alexander Lukashenko is the first leader to have been sanctioned under the regime, which was introduced in July 2020.
Our manifesto promise: To lead the way in treatments for Ebola, Malaria (and Covid 19)
What have we done so far?
The UK is already the biggest donor to Gavi, the global vaccine alliance. In June 2020 the UK helped to raise almost $9 billion to immunise another 300 million children against killer diseases, and Gavi also stands ready to help distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.
UK pledged up to £571 million to COVAX, a new initiative designed to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine across the world. Of this sum, £500 million will be for developing countries to protect themselves.
And however great the need for reform, the WHO, the World Health Organization, is still the one body that marshals humanity against the legions of disease. That is why the UK – global Britain – one of the biggest global funders of that organisation, will be contributing £340 million over the next 4 years, that’s an increase of 30%.
What will we do next?
The UK will use its G7 presidency next year to create a new global approach to health security based on a 5-point plan to protect humanity against another pandemic.
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