Andrew Mitchell: In Sudan, South to Receive More UK Aid Than North

Southern Sudanese women drag bags of grain dropped by a World Food Program plane to a central collection point in the village of Pochalla. South Sudan is due to get more of the the U.K. bilateral aid to Sudan as compared to the African country's north. Photo by: Peter Martell / IRIN

Between north and south Sudan, Britain will focus its 140 million pounds ($225 million) in bilateral aid to the southern region, where poverty indicators are generally worse, according to U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell.

Sudan is one of the 27 countries where Britain will focus its development resources as recommended by the U.K. bilateral aid review.

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Mitchell told the House of Commons on Friday (April 1) that Southern Sudan, which is due to officially become Africa’s 54th state in July, will receive 65 percent, or around 90 million pounds, of Britain’s bilateral aid. The aid seeks to help 240,000 more children complete primary school, 1 million more people achieve food security, and more than 750,000 people benefit from treatment or prevention of malaria in the next four years, according to Mitchell.

The remaining 50 million pounds will be used to provide 800,000 people with access to clean drinking water or sanitation, 250,000 people with access to justice, and up to 4 million people with lifesaving health and nutritional support in the country’s north, Mitchell added.

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