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Yemen: Overseas Aid

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 168995, tabled on 15 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what impact assessment he has undertaken of the reduction in UK aid to Yemen.

Answered on

18 March 2021

The impact of the global pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take the tough but necessary decision to temporarily reduce how much we spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA). The move to a target of spending 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) on ODA, rather than 0.7%, is a temporary measure and we will return to 0.7% when the fiscal situation allows.

Over the course of our next financial year (2021/22), we will provide at least £87 million to the UN Humanitarian Appeal for Yemen, making us the 5th largest donor. This will feed 240,000 of the most vulnerable Yemenis every month, support 400 healthcare clinics and provide clean water for 1.6 million people. We will also provide one-off cash support to 1.5 million of Yemen's poorest households to help them buy food and basic supplies.

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