UK Eyes Strategy for Overseas Territories

An aerial view of Anguilla, one of 14 British overseas territories. The U.K. government will issue this year its strategy for the territories. Photo by: Roy Googin

The U.K. government will release this year a white paper consolidating its policies for the British overseas territories, according to U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell.

The government will “consult widely” on the strategy, through the National Security Council, and will update the House of Commons once it is complete, Mitchell said in a March 18 written response to a question by Harriet Harman, Labour’s shadow Cabinet secretary of state for international development, regarding the portion of DfID’s bilateral aid through 2015 that will go to the country’s overseas territories.

Mitchell likewise announced that aid allocations for the U.K. overseas territories are being finalized, The final figures, he added, will be published in April.

The U.K. has 14 overseas territories, which are not part of the kingdom but fall under its jurisdiction. They include Anguilla, the British Antarctic Territory, Bermuda, the British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, the Pitcairn Island, St. Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

According to DfID’s website, development funding for these territories, “must seek to further sustainable development or promote the welfare of its people but is not subject to the over-arching requirement of contributing to the reduction of poverty.”

Of the 14, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos Islands, based on the projects and tenders database of Devex, have a history of procurement opportunities funded by DfID and other donors such as the Canadian International Development Agency, the Caribbean Development Bank, EuropeAid, German development bank KfW, the United Nations and the World Bank. The opportunities relate to natural disaster risk management, HIV/AIDS response, environment protection, tourism, energy efficiency, food security, and governance.  

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