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DFID and Gavi complete cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen

In partnership with Gavi, the vaccine alliance, the UK development agency DFID has completed a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen, the first of its kind. Following the world's largest cholera outbreak in 2017, the campaign's goal was to vaccinate everyone over 12-months old in five districts around the city of Aden. Over 450,000 people have been vaccinated. 

DFID Secretary Penny Mordaunt is calling for unfettered humanitarian access to the remainder of the country so that more people can be protected from the disease.

News release - DFID 

UK Parliament opens inquiry into solutions to combat sexual exploitation in development sector

The UK Parliament's International Development Committee is investigating solutions to combat sexual abuse in the global development sector in the wake of the Oxfam scandal. Witnesses at hearings taking place May 8, 2018 included the Chair of the Board at BOND, the UK's NGO alliance, and top officials at CHS Alliance, Palladium, and Development Alternatives Incorporated.  

Video and other testimony - IDC 

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DFID secretary Mordaunt criticized by MPs on oversight of ODA spending outside DFID

UK Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt was challenged by MPs to better control ODA increasingly being spent by UK government entities outside the Department for International Development, following revelations of millions of pounds spent in China on questionable ventures. The Foreign Office spent £46.9 million (US$63.3 million) on ODA in China in 2016 for diplomatic activities that included support to the Chinese film industry. The UK has dramatically decreased ODA through DFID in recent years in an effort to diversify funding channels. Mordaunt pointed out that DFID does not give development assistance to China but does value it as a partner in areas like pandemic preparedness, adding that DFID needs to better train other departments on the use of ODA.

The inquiry was held by the UK Parliament's International Development Committee.

News article - Guardian UK

 Testimony and video of hearing - IDC 

United Kingdom

ODI publishes a guide to policy engagement and influence

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has published 'ROMA: RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach' to assist organizations improve their engagement for policy change. The ROMA toolkit assists organizations in diagnosing and analyzing impacts and set objectives to influence policy at all global levels. 

Webpage - ODI

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BOND CPG reviews recent UK policy shifts

Following recent policy development shifts by the UK government, the Conflict Policy Group (CPG) at Bond comments on risk, opportunities, and key issues for consideration. The UK recently published its National Security Capability Review (NSCR) and the Secretary for International Development set out in a speech her new approach for the Department of International Development (DFID). 

Blog - BOND

United Kingdom

UK pledges £100 million (US$135 million) for malaria

Ahead of the Commonwealth Summit in London, International development secretary Penny Mordaunt announced a £100 million (US$135 million) investment to support the Global Fund's work on malaria. The fund will also receive pound-for pound matching funding from the private sector. This funding announcement is part of the UK's pledge to commit £500 million (US$675 million) to malaria. 

Press release - UK government

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UK announces £212 million (US$286 million) for girls education

The Department for International Development (DFID) launched phase two of its Girls Education Challenge Fund (GEC) during the Commonwealth Heads of State meetings in London. The GEC phase two aims to allow 920,000 girls to complete primary and secondary school and provide literacy, numeracy, and vital life skills to 53,000 highly marginalized adolescent girls in Commonwealth countries. The program will also launch a Policy Lab to promote UK expertise in education. 

Press release - UK government

United Kingdom Education

UK announces initiatives for development with British finance institutions

UK international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has announced new programs in cooperation with the Bank of England and London Stock Exchange. The programs are aimed at strengthening central banking systems as well as raising capital to ensure economic prosperity. These announcements follow DFID's recently updated strategy, which prioritizes increased partnerships with British entities. 

Press release - UK government

United Kingdom

Canada’s Foreign Minister Freeland and UK’s Foreign Secretary Johnson call for coordination on the Rohingya Crisis

On the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, co-hosted a roundtable on how Commonwealth countries can coordinate their efforts to address the Rohingya Crisis.  Also attended by the Australian and Bangladeshi foreign ministers, the group discussed the need for the UNHCR to gain access to the Rakhine state before the Rohingya return to Myanmar.  Furthermore, the group outlined that these returns must be monitored by the UNHCR to ensure that they are safe, voluntary, and sustainable.

Government statement – Global Affairs Canada

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UK joins international solar alliance

The UK has announced its membership in the International Solar Alliance (ISA) ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of State meeting in London. The ISA, an Indian-led initiative, seeks to  deliver clean and affordable energy to a billion people. The UK will provide expertise and advice to ensure the effective delivery of ISA's goals, not monetary contributions. This announcement follows the recent publication of a new UK development strategy that outlines as a specific priority the linking of British expertise, knowledge, and skills in the delivery of DFID's mandate. 

Press release - UK government