The UK was among the first to respond to this emergency and at the heart of the crisis co-ordination. Within hours, UK personnel were able to assist at the scene and today we have announced an emergency £5 million package of vital humanitarian assistance.
Cash transfers get aid directly to the poorest who need it most and cut out the middle man. The use of biometric technology makes this scheme in Pakistan one of the most secure payment systems for cash transfers in the world.
The UK government supports free, fair and peaceful elections in Kenya, to help to maintain security and stability, which is in all our interests. Election support was allocated in 2015 and is overseen by the FCO in Kenya.
DFID has committed to spending at least 50% of its budget in fragile states, to build stability in those countries, which is both in our national interest and critical to reducing poverty and meeting humanitarian needs.
When we convert foreign currency into sterling it generates gains or losses, this is exactly the same for any organisation. Managing the impact of exchange rate changes is part of the normal responsibilities of government.
The Centre will draw on UK and international expertise to provide neutral advice, innovation and cutting edge science to help build cheaper, faster and reliable finance in emergencies that delivers the most benefit for the poorest people and can halve the cost of disasters.
The Secretary of State for International Development is driving a robust value for money agenda that includes a review of all DFID spending, a crackdown on profiteering suppliers, efficiency savings, and increased use of payment by results.
All government departments operate performance-related pay – this is a normal part of ensuring that civil servants are incentivised to perform well and deliver value for the taxpayer.
There is positive online, broadcast and print coverage today of the UK’s commitment to sending lifesaving aid to the people of Mosul after the official liberation of the city was announced on Monday.