DfID aid reviews – what do they mean for water, sanitation and hygiene? WaterAid, December 13, 2016.
Bethan Twigg, WaterAid’s UK Advocacy Manager, looks at the strengths and weaknesses in the new UK Department for International Development (DfID) Bilateral and Multilateral Development Reviews, and where WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) fits in.
It’s official – the long-awaited DfID reviews are finally out. The Bilateral and Multilateral Development Reviews (BDR and MDR) set out how and where the UK Government will spend its bilateral aid (money sent directly to developing country governments) and multilateral aid (to organisations like the UN and EU), the focus themes, sectors and countries, and which multilateral agencies it considers best placed to deliver the UK’s aid priorities.
Together with last November’s new UK Aid strategy, they form part of the larger review of UK international development, and will frame the UK Government’s approach, focus and priorities for development and overseas aid – including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – for the next four years.
Commitments to be proud of
There is much to welcome in the reviews: the UK’s re-commitment to give 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) to overseas aid; the focus on poverty reduction; a commitment to play a major role in delivering the Global Goals; and a commitment to be a world leader on health, education, nutrition, and disability. Also welcome is the emphasis on remaining outward-looking, open, and transparent, and in ‘leaving no one behind’.
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