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Developing Countries: Education

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been spent on education in emergencies since his Department announced the Education Beyond Borders initiative in April 2007; and if he will make a statement. (227290)

When deciding how to allocate resources for emergencies, the Department for International Development (DFID) takes its lead from the UN assessments of humanitarian needs, supplemented by our own specialists.

In 2007-08 DFID spent £7,214,881 directly on education in emergencies, £2,396,302 of which was in Africa. In addition, DFID spent £37,903,673 on multi-sectoral projects around the world, of which £4,027,628 was spent on education in Africa.

The UN Central Emergency Relief Fund allocated $4,421,853 in 2007. In that year, the UK contributed 22 per cent. of the CERF budget.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the policy change announced in the Education Beyond Borders initiative in April 2007 was communicated to his Department’s staff in the field. (227291)

The Education Beyond Borders initiative announced in April 2007 set out the Department for International Development’s (DFID) plans for delivering education to children affected by emergencies, particularly those resulting from conflict or living in fragile states. Following the announcement the details were reported to all DFID staff through DFID’s internal communications system and more directly with relevant country offices to provide appropriate policy assistance for implementing plans for supporting education in fragile environments.