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Syria: Humanitarian Aid

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 139296, tabled on 14 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department has made an assessment of the impact of the reduction in the Official Development Assistance budget on the humanitarian response in Syria.

Answered on

22 March 2022

The UK works closely with our humanitarian partners, such as the UN, International and Syrian NGOs to understand the impact of UK aid spending and will continue to keep this under review. Despite difficult funding decisions due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK remains a leading humanitarian donor to Syria. To date, we have committed over £3.7 billion in response to the regional Syrian crisis, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. Our focus remains on protecting and prioritising the most vulnerable and ensuring our aid is delivered in the most effective and efficient way. Our aid to Syria this financial year has supported the distribution of 3,125 food rations with each individual's ration covering their needs for a month. In addition, our support ensured that 12,556 people benefitted from psychosocial support, 170,399 pupils were provided with access to formal education and 20,633 people benefited from sexual and gender-based violence services.

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