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UK NGOs respond to paper on post-Brexit development cooperation with EU

Following the circulation of the UK's 'non-paper' on the future partnership with the European Union on development cooperation, the UK's NGOs have responded with cautious optimism. The document is the first time the UK has outlined its thinking on the future partnership with European Union institutions and mechanisms on development. The UK now awaits the response from the EU. 

News article - BOND

Paper - BOND

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UK and OCHA hold summit to raise funding to prevent famine in Somalia

International donors committed to supporting the humanitarian situation in Somalia during a High Level meeting in London co-hosted by the UK government and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The UK government didn't specify how much was raised, but said "with additional commitments made at this meeting, Somalia’s partners have now committed some $350 million USD to the Humanitarian Response for 2018", adding that "a number of key donors made clear their intention to confirm substantial new pledges in the next few weeks."

Mark Lowcock, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator commented that, while progress had been made, Somalia continued to face a crisis, unless "substantial new resources" could be found. The event was attended by 31 UN Member States, UN Agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organisations. 

Press release - UK government 

 

DFID launches Jo Cox memorial fund

The Department for International Development (DFID) has announced £10 million (US$13 million) for the Jo Cox Memorial Grants, in memory of Member of Parliament Jo Cox, who was murdered due to her political views. The grants, launched through UK Aid Direct, will focus on women’s social, economic, and political empowerment and strengthening civil society capacity for early prediction of identity-based violence. Civil society actors can apply for these grants, with applications opening on April 4, 2018.

Press release - UK government 

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UK and Saudi Arabia announce partnership for development

During the Saudia Arabian Crown Prince’s first visit to the UK, the two countries announced a joint partnership of £100 million (US$131 million) to support progress on economic development across the East and the Horn of Africa. The UK’s contribution includes re-allocations from existing country budgets.

However, the Department for International Development (DFID) has come under criticism, given Saudi Arabia’s role in the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

Press release - UK Government 

News article - Devex 

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UK publishes approach paper to gender in Syria

The UK government has set out how it will support change for women and girls in Syria. The strategy document,  "A Shared UK Government Approach to Gender in Syria", has three strategic outcome areas: program and policy; decision making; and sexual and gender-based violence. 

Strategy document - UK government

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DFID commits £4 million ($5.4 million) for Bond to work with UK charities on transparency and safeguarding

The UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) UK Aid Connect will fund Bond, the UK’s network of international development organizations, to find new solutions to global challenges and support UK charities in strengthening their transparency and safeguarding procedures.

UK Aid Connect is one of DFID’s funding streams to NGOs. It will provide grants to address development challenges in key property areas under the UK Aid Strategy, including global security and stability, child labor, modern slavery, and disability.

Press release - UK government

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Save the Children CEO considers sexual exploitation and harassment systemic in the development sector

Kevin Watkins, CEO of Save the Children UK, admitted his organization's failings in handling sexual harassment issues within the organization during the annual conference of the NGO umbrella group Bond. Save the Children has commissioned an independent inquiry to fully investigate allegations of harassment against two former senior directors. “This is our 2008 financial crisis moment", Watkins argued, concluding that the sector " cannot afford to repeat those mistakes”.

News article - Devex

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DFID secretary calls on UK NGOs to put beneficiaries first

The UK's international development secretary delivered a challenge to the UK NGO sector during the opening of the 2018 Bond conference in London. Penny Mordaunt demanded that the NGOs remember that the beneficiaries must be foremost in the minds of those who work in international development, and only by this can the sector to reform and recover from the safeguarding scandals in recent weeks.

Mordaunt also alluded to upcoming changes with the Department for International Development's (DFID) working even more closely with other government departments, including the Ministry of Defence (MoD). This caused some apprehension among the delegates at the conference as to the direction DFID could be taking in how they spend their ODA allocations. 

Press release - Gov.uk 

News article - Devex

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UK charities publish letter of apology

Following revelations in the press regarding reports that a group of Oxfam staff engaged in sexual exploitation in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 24 UK CEOs have signed a public letter of apology. The document also lays out immediate actions they are undertaking to tackle issues within their organisations.

News report - Huffington Post UK

 

 

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UK gives £2 million (US$2.7 million) in additional support for security in Sahel region

Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for the Department for International Development (DFID), announced a two year non-ODA £2million ($2.7 million) contribution to the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The money will be spent through the Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund (CSSF), one of the UK's cross-government funds that spends both ODA and non-ODA money.  The G5 Joint Force, a Sahelian regional security initiative, is tasked with supporting Sahel states to improve their own security. 

The pledge was made at the G5 Pledging conference, where France and Germany also provided more funding. 

Press release - UK government 

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