To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November to Question 191273 on Palestinians: Females, for what reason her Department discontinued funding for the Arab Women's Enterprise Fund in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
10 December 2018
From 2016-2017 DFID undertook a full examination of its programmes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) to ensure that aid was being used in the most effective way, providing the best value for money to the UK taxpayer. One of the conclusions of the examination was to develop a stronger focus on the bilateral programme in-country over programmes managed from the UK, to ensure rigorous oversight of programme delivery and risk management, and to avoid duplication with existing bilateral programmes. In line with this decision, the AWEF component in the OPTs was recommended for closure.