The U.K. plans to spend 1 billion pounds (USD1.5 billion) in 2010 to support education initiatives around the world, the Press Association reports. Of the sum, 600 million pounds will be channeled as bilateral spending through the Department for International Development. Approximately half of this amount is earmarked for conflict-afflicted and fragile countries, including Congo and Somalia. The remaining 400 million of the total budget will be directed to the World Bank, European Commission and related organizations. A portion of it will be reserved for emergencies and disasters.