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Violence against women and girls

Ending the global scandal of VAWG is a top priority for the Department for International Development (DFID). I am proud of the leadership that the UK has shown on tackling VAWG globally: in the past five years, DFID has nearly doubled its programming to address this issue in humanitarian contexts and now has 127 programmes
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Refugee children

The Government needs to do more to respond to the continuing migration crisis and how best it can support the most vulnerable people affected by this appalling situation and I am glad that it is now taking further action. This includes the establishment of a new resettlement scheme focused on the children at risk in
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Water and sanitation

Water and sanitation

Many of you have contacted me about water and sanitation. I certainly agree with you that access to clean drinking water and effective sanitation is vital to give people in developing countries the opportunity to lead healthy, fulfilled, and productive lives. It helps people to be able to work, driving economic growth and ultimately helping developing
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Overseas aid

Overseas aid

I do understand that many people have concerns about international aid, but I can assure you that The Department for International Development (DFID) has said that a number of recent newspaper articles have reported claims that misrepresent or inaccurately portray projects supported by it, or focus on projects that are no longer funded. More generally,
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Violence against women and girls

Violence against women and girls

I am pleased that the UK has played a leading role in tackling VAWG world-wide, and I know it will continue to be a top Department for International Development (DFID) priority. Women need choice and control over their lives. No country will develop if half their population is treated unequally and women live in fear
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Polio

I am pleased that the UK is fully committed to the global eradication of polio. I know that the Secretary of State for International Development makes the most of opportunities to raise awareness of polio eradication efforts and, wherever appropriate, discusses polio with her international counterparts. For example, last year the Secretary of State made
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Water and sanitation

I certainly agree that access to clean and safe water, sanitation and hygiene are among the most basic of human needs. Providing access to clean drinking water and effective sanitation is vital for improving people’s health and will give them the opportunity to work, which in turn will drive economic growth, helping countries become self-sufficient.
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