As previously reported by OmVärlden, the British government deviated from a parliamentary decision that the UK should allocate at least 0.7 per cent of the country’s Gross National Income (GNI) to development assistance. Instead, the British government allocates 0.5 per cent of gross national income for development assistance this year.
For an assessment of the impact of the cut, the chair of the British Parliament’s Committee on International Cooperation for Development, Sarah Champion, wrote a letter to Secretary of State Dominic Raab. The British aid magazine Devex read the Foreign Secretary’s report Reply to the message.
In his response, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mentions which countries will receive bilateral aid from the UK during the 2021/22 financial year. Based on the list, Devex stated that bilateral cooperation with 102 countries and territories has been suspended due to aid cuts.
No country in North Africa, Central Asia and Central America will receive any direct government assistance from the UK in this year’s budget. Support for Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon is ending, as well as Cameroon, Mali and the Central African Republic.
The full list of countries that received UK bilateral aid in 2019 but no longer receive it Here. A total of 34 bilateral aid will be received from the UK in 2021.
Dominic Raab’s letter is dated June 3rd. On the same day, 30 parliamentarians, led by former Prime Minister Theresa May, announced the vote for stop cuts in the development assistance budget.
The vote was supposed to take place on Monday, June 7, but was halted due to a technicality, according to Devex. Speaker of the House of Commons But Lindsey Hoyle shared the concerns expressed by parliamentarians who demanded the vote.
Parliament must be given an opportunity to make an effective – and I repeat, effective – decision on the matter. I hope the government will accept the challenge and show Parliament the respect it deserves. I hope and hope this is dealt with very quickly. “I don’t want it to take time, or we’ll have to find other ways forward,” said Linday Howell.
Dominic Raab wrote in his letter that the government’s decision to provide the development assistance budget is a temporary measure due to the economic situation. The goal is to live up to the parliamentary decision to allocate 0.7% of GNI for development assistance, when the economy allows it.