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UK government reviews aid programmes – what do we think?

Andrew Mitchell MPOn Tuesday Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development announced the results of his Department’s multilateral and bilateral aid reviews. An overview of the results is available here. The reviews were established shortly after the Coalition Government was formed to look at all areas of the Department’s work and make recommendations for changes to make it more effective. The results are the most comprehensive overview we have yet seen of the Government’s approach to international development and therefore the announcement is an important milestone.

Overall RESULTS strongly welcomes the reviews. It is crucial that UK support for developing countries is focused on truly achieving results for poor people and supporting their own efforts to escape poverty. The top-line results that the Department has committed to delivering through both multilateral and bilateral channels over the next four years to 2015 are:

  • Secure schooling for 11 million children
  • Help vaccinate more children against preventable diseases than there are people in the whole of England
  • Provide access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation to more people than there are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Save the lives of 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Stop 250,000 newborn babies dying needlessly
  • Support 13 countries to hold freer and fairer elections
  • Help 10 million more women get access to modern family planning
  • Provide 50 million people with the means to help work their way out of poverty [by providing them with access to financial services]
  • Stop 10 million more children going hungry
  • Help halve malaria deaths in 10 of the worst affected countries
  • Help millions of poor people protect their livelihoods from the impact of climate change.

Below we discuss the two reviews in more detail, and while we are broadly supportive of their contents we raise a few questions on specific decisions, as well as pointing out the need for further information on funding decisions and the specifics of country-level programmes. Continue reading

UNESCO reports world is off-track to reach education for all

Global Monitoring Report coverThe 2011 UNESCO Global Monitoring Report (GMR) was released on Tuesday. The report, which is released annually, details progress toward achieving the Education for All (EFA) Goals. The good news from this year’s report is that the number of out-of-school children in 2008 reduced to 67 million, from 72 million the year before. However, the reduction is slowing and there may be more children out of school by 2015 than there are today if more is not done.

In addition, each year’s report addresses a focus theme, which in 2011 is education and conflict in fragile states. The report, called “The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict in Education”, points out that the provision of universal education is seriously hampered by armed conflict, war and civil unrest.  With half of all out-of-school kids living in conflict affected or fragile countries, this issue needs to be addressed and taken seriously. Continue reading

Minister reveals details of UK government’s global work on education for children with disabilities

On Monday Mike Foster MP, Minister of State for International Development, responded to 7 Parliamentary Questions on his department’s support for education for children with disabilities, tabled by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP the Shadow Minister of International Development for the Conservative Party.

Mr Foster said that the Department for International Development (DFID) ‘recognises the importance of supporting primary aged children with disabilities to receive an education, as well as other children who have been denied access, for achieving the Millennium Development Goal.’ He also made several commitments, including: Continue reading

Ban Ki-Moon calls on donors to live up to pledges on education

Ban Ki-Moon launching EFA GMR 2010Yesterday Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, launched the 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, which assesses progress toward the Education for All goals around the world. Mr Ban commented that ‘education should never be an accident of circumstances’, recognising that many countries, while making progress toward education for all, are leaving millions behind. These marginalised children are the poorest, frequently female, from ethnic and linguistic minorities or disabled. Mr Ban’s full speech is at the UNESCO website. Continue reading

72 million children in need of a new global fund for education

A new report published today by Oxfam, ” Rescuing Education For All” says the future of 72 million children currently out of school depends on a fundamental shift in the way education is funded globally. Continue reading

Department for International Development to Include Disabled People in Evaluations

In a Parliamentary written answer released yesterday, the Department for International Development announced that from 2009/10 they will ‘include disabled people when designing evaluation systems and other tools for building the evidence of good practice in reducing poverty, including through education.’

The answer was in response to a question asked by Annette Brooke MP, a key RESULTS ally in Parliament, who challenged DFID on their work on education and disability after discussing the issue with RESULTS. Continue reading

UNESCO Institute for Statistics Re-evaluates its Efforts on Disability Statistics

Hendrik Van Der Pol, the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), has informed RESULTS that letters from our activists ‘encouraged [the UIS] to revisit the issue of statistics on children with disabilities and re-evaluate the efforts that UIS could make.’

In his letter Mr Van Der Pol set out UIS’s commitments to:

  • collaborate with countries to advance understanding and application of survey-based approaches that seek to improve knowledge on educational exclusion and affected groups;
  • connect demand from Member States for specific measurement solutions regarding disability to relevant experts;
  • work together with other international agencies to promote the work of specialists who are active in this field.

You can read the full letter here.

We are pleased that UIS have now set out some more detail about what they will do to tackle the lack of data on disabled children, who make up a third of all out-of-school children in the world. We will be continuing our dialogue with the UIS, so watch this space!