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Aid deals ‘tragic blow’ to world’s poorest as government reveals spending plan

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Spending on girls’ education is also expected to drop from £ 424million last year to £ 400million this year. In 2019-2020, spending in this area amounted to £ 536million.

Baroness Sugg, a former Conservative minister who resigned in protest against cuts to foreign aid last November, said the cuts were of particular concern.

“There have been regular assurances that girls’ education remains a priority for the government. Details are still scarce, but it now looks like the scale of UK aid cuts means nothing is being protected, ”she said. The telegraph. “We must not reduce our investments in education.”

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The cuts come despite Mr. Raab’s insistence that FCDO “will focus on the core priorities of the HMG”, including reducing poverty, educating more girls and providing education. urgent humanitarian support to those who need it most.

“Today’s announcement is a tragic blow to many of the world’s most marginalized people that the UK has once supported, and to the UK’s reputation as a trusted development partner,” reads a statement signed by 200 NGOs, including Oxfam, The One Campaign, the International Rescue Committee and MSI Reproductive Choices.

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“The government has not even spared countries ravaged by humanitarian crisis, disease, war and poverty. When other countries move forward and strengthen their aid budgets, the UK has instead chosen to take a step back, ”the organizations added.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, global health spending has also fallen since last year, from £ 1.518bn to £ 1.305bn. However, it has increased since 2019-20 when it stood at £ 1.164 billion.

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FCDO will spend half of its bilateral aid budget in Africa, “where human suffering remains most acute”. It will also include a “major shift to East Africa to reflect the UK’s unique role and clear national strategic interest”.

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As evidenced by its defense, security and foreign policy review in March, a third of bilateral aid will be spent in the Indo-Pacific region and South Asia, with the aim of countering the influence of the China. The country’s funding also fell by 95%, with the remaining £ 900,000 being used for programs on open societies and human rights.

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