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Developing Countries

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department on development awareness and community engagement; and if he will make a statement. (193014)

Raising awareness of global poverty and enabling UK communities to get involved in development is a priority for the Department for International Development (DFID). There are an increasing number of relevant initiatives under way including,

1. Development Education—equipping the formal education sector to teach global issues in the classroom more effectively.

2. The DFID Global School Partnerships programme—linking schools in the UK with partners in developing countries.

3. Volunteering schemes—in particular to enable young people and people from Diaspora communities in the UK to volunteer overseas.

4. Outreach and events activity such as sponsorship of the 2007 World Scout Jamboree, the Greenbelt Festival and the Global Student Forum. DFID Ministers are also engaged in a programme of visits across the UK to raise awareness of development.

5. A Development Awareness Fund (DAF) which provides funding to more than 70 projects around the UK targeting different audiences.