The Minister of State for International Development, Alan Duncan, launched the Government’s new operational plan in Kathmandu, Nepal on 9 March 2011.
This plan commits the UK government to working in Nepal over the next four years (2011-2015), with an allocation of £331 million, to:
- Support the peace process, help strengthen governance and improve security and access to justice
- Help poor and excluded people benefit from economic growth
- Help deliver better health and education services
- Help Nepal adapt to climate change
- Reduce risk from disasters, including earthquake
- Improve the lives of women and girls
The plan will create 230,000 jobs; reduce climate vulnerability of 3 million poor people; lift 570,000 people out of poverty through the forestry programme alone; avert 108,200 unintended pregnancies; and provide safe latrines for 110,000 people.
“We recognise that to reduce poverty and vulnerability we need to promote political agreement and stability. Equally, unless our programmes help poor, vulnerable and excluded citizens on the ground, a return to conflict will be more likely. That’s why we are supporting Nepal’s peace process and helping tackle poverty at the same time.”
“Nepal is a priority country for UK development assistance. By 2014/15, we will have increased our aid to Nepal by 91%.”
“Our increased commitment to Nepal means increased accountability to our tax payers. So we want every single penny of the aid budget to make a difference and we will scrutinize how it is spent. Value for money and accountability are our new mantra of how we operate and what we require of our partners.”