UN reaffirms value of UK Foreign Aid

Donations to the World Food program help prepare for and deliver vital aid to disaster struck areas
Source: UN Photo/Logan Abassi. (via Flickr)

The United Nations has reaffirmed the value of the UK’s contribution to its World Food Programme (WFP).

by Gareth Axenderrie

Francis Mwanza, Head of WFP London, said, “The UK has already confirmed nearly £200million for 2018.

“[The UK] remains a critical donor to WFP, supporting and strengthening resilience and response to crises, helping the world’s most vulnerable.”

The UK’s Foreign Aid budget currently stands at 0.7%, in line with the UN’s target for the world’s developed countries. This equated to £13.4 billion in 2016 and is expected to rise in line with economic growth.

There has been increasing pressure in the UK to cut the Foreign Aid budget, with several prominent politicians calling for a restructuring. Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg delivered a petition to Downing Street earlier this month that called for the UK to reassess its commitment to the 0.7% target.

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