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DFID: UK and UAE to work together in fight against poverty

Department for International Development press release

The United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates (UAE) today agreed a series of initiatives to cultivate cooperation between the two countries to tackle poverty in the developing world and respond to humanitarian crises.

The agreement came at the end of a 4 day visit to London by a group of senior government officials and development workers from the UAE who met with their UK counterparts from DFID. The wide-ranging agenda covered development and humanitarian policy and practice, aid effectiveness, monitoring and evaluation strategies, covering work in Syria, Yemen as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The visit marks a major step forward in building strong working relationships in the field of development with the UAE. It will also help both countries understand better how each of their development and
humanitarian assistance is channelled.

Moving forward, the UK and UAE will cooperate on several development initiatives, including in these specific areas:
  • Collaborating on humanitarian assistance in Yemen, with a workshop in the new year leading to a joint pilot project;
  • Building partnerships and education in Afghanistan and Pakistan to increase access and attainment (especially for girls);
  • Carry out joint monitoring of social development and povertyreduction programmes to ensure their effective delivery and value formoney; and
  • Work together to help countries at risk of disaster become moreresilient by strengthening their ability to anticipate disasters andcoordinating international humanitarian relief when disaster strikes.

Minister of State for International Development, Alan Duncan said:

“I was delighted to host the delegation from the UAE and to have an open exchange of ideas and ways of working, which will help both parties work together to alleviate poverty and suffering in some of the most deprived and conflict ridden areas in the world.

“The UK and UAE share a strong partnership. Both countries have made significant contributions towards humanitarian aid efforts and development assistance. We are keen to see cooperation between the UK and UAE on these issues grow in the future so that our joint efforts will continue to help those in need around the world.

“The visit this week was a first step and we have benefitted a great deal from meeting our counterparts from the UAE. I look forward to continuing close collaboration between our countries.” 

Dr. Saeed Al Shamsi, Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organisations at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said:

"My delegation and I have been delighted by the warm welcome extended to us by the Minister and his staff in the Department for International Development. The UAE, since its establishment in December 1971, has been committed to a benevolent approach towards charity and humanitarian work.

“Due to the UAE's yearly-increasing contribution towards humanitarian aid and development assistance in over 128 countries, we have come to the UK to exchange knowledge and facilitate cooperation between our two countries - working together to provide more effective humanitarian and foreign aid to
countries suffering from poverty, hunger, natural disaster, and conflicts around the world.

“I am sure that exchanging such visits between UK and UAE experts will lead to a closer and stronger understanding of such benevolent work."



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