James Dornan MSP Supports Increase in International Development Support

James Dornan MSP Supports Increase in International Development Support

International Development Minister Alasdair Allan has confirmed increased funding to support some of the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people out of poverty and crisis.

An extra £1 million will be allocated for the International Development Fund in 2017-18, taking the fund total to £10 million.

A refreshed International Development Strategy published today will target support for communities in Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda and Pakistan.

A new £1 million per year Humanitarian Aid Fund will also be set up.

Supporting the increase in funding James Dornan MSP said:

“The funds that we contribute through the International Development fund play a vital role in the fight against global poverty and inequality.

“The increased funding for 2017-18 will have a huge impact in the international community with supporting improvement in health care and education in countries that are struggling with poverty, inequality and injustice.

“It is however also an opportunity for Scotland to show that it is a caring country that is dedicated to doing its part to tackled global challenges.”

Background

The new International Development Strategy is available online at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/4633

The draft 2017-18 budget chapter for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, is available online at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/6610/15

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