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Colombia and Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL1313, tabled on 28 June 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 28 June (HL885), what assessment they have made of results obtained from humanitarian expenditure of £45 million in Venezuela and Colombia over the past two years.

Answered on

11 July 2022

The UK is extremely concerned by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The crisis is not only making life untenable for the majority of the Venezuelan population of 28.4 million people but has led around 6 million Venezuelans to flee the country since 2016.

Since 2019, the UK Government has spent £37m in humanitarian aid in response to the Venezuelan crisis. These funds have provided life-saving support to very vulnerable people, much of it focused on health and nutrition, water and sanitation, both inside Venezuela and in other countries in the region, among them Colombia. Inside Venezuela, our funds have made an important contribution to childhood vaccinations and strengthening the capacity of the country to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to the entire population. We have also supported multi-sector projects implemented by 17 national Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and 8 international NGOs through the Venezuela Humanitarian Fund, which we played a key role in establishing in 2020. The UK continues to be the largest contributor to the United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund and provides considerable funding to other multilateral humanitarian agencies. We are also a founding donor of the Venezuela Humanitarian Fund, which is increasing funding to Venezuelan NGOs.