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Democratic Republic of Congo: Humanitarian Aid

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 2398, tabled on 17 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans the Government has to increase humanitarian aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo to combat the ongoing hunger crisis in that country.

Answered on

25 May 2021

As one of the largest bilateral donors to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we are providing life-saving assistance to 3 million people. The UK is also leading a global call to action on the risk of famine. Through our Presidency, the UK has recently secured the G7's first ever Compact to tackle the drivers of famine - helping protect over 34 million people at imminent risk and address the upward trend in people needing humanitarian aid, including in DRC.

The seismic impact of the pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take tough but necessary decisions, including temporarily reducing the overall amount we spend on aid to 0.5% of GNI. As a result, UK humanitarian aid to DRC will not increase. We will remain a world-leading Official Development Assistance donor and still spend more than £10 billion this year to fight poverty, tackle climate change and improve global health.