UK Aid

Ensuring our International Aid budget delivers on the ground is a key concern of mine. This May Bank Holiday weekend, I travelled to the African country of Djibouti with UNICEF. Not only is Djibouti the 14th most impoverished country in the globe, it is now hosting refugees from its African neighbours and from across the water from Yemen. Here, I document my reasons for visiting, the country’s challenges, the work I was privileged to witness and my view on whether it is better to give aid in the regions or increase refugee numbers in the UK.

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Huw meets with Liz Truss and leading charities to discuss UK Aid

Huw led a meeting with Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss and representatives from international charities and organisations including Save the Children, UNICEF, Oxfam, Coalition for Global Prosperity and the Overseas Development Institute to discuss the humanitarian and economic impact th

Huw champions work of Department for International Development

For less than a penny in every pound, it is estimated that UK aid saves a life every two minutes. The Aid Transparency Index which measures effective aid spending, ranks the Department for International Development's (DFID) spending as the third most effective in the world and ‘very good’.

Huw welcomes the UNICEF Soccer Aid Match in Parliament

Following my trip to Africa with UNICEF to see how Soccer Aid money is helping young people, I invited the Speaker to join the Parliamentary Soccer Aid team and asked the Secretary of State for International Development if she would join me in thanking everyone who gives their time and money to such a worthy cause.

My visit with UNICEF to Africa

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, I visited the African country of Djibouti with UNICEF. Djibouti is a small country with a population of just over one million, but hosts the key strategic port for the Horn of Africa. It is surrounded on land by Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea.

Visiting Djibouti with UNICEF

This Bank Holiday weekend, I am visiting the African country of Djibouti with UNICEF. Djibouti is a small country with a population of just over one million, but hosts the key strategic port for the Horn of Africa. It is surrounded on land by Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea.

Visiting Djibouti with UNICEF: Community Health and Nutrition

Immunisation for children under the age of one has gone up from 80% to 90% in the last few years in Djibouti City. However, in the districts, where poverty and a lack of understanding about modern medicine can be more pronounced, these same immunisation rates are lower than 75%.

Visiting Djibouti with UNICEF: Holl Holl Refugee Camp

A 90 minute drive, on what can only loosely be described as a road, across the arid landscape towards Ethiopia, lies the Holl Holl Camp which is home to over 5,000 refugees from Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia.