UK Plans $1.6B Aid for Bangladesh Through 2015

U.K. Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan is accompanied by Philippa Thomas, a social developmetn adviser for the U.K. Department for International Development, during his visit to Savar, a district in Bangladesh. The U.K. government plans to spend 250 million pounds ($408 million) each year through 2015 to support development efforts in Bangladesh. Photo by: Tareq Salahuddin

The United Kingdom looks to spend 250 million pounds ($408 million) each year through 2015 to support development efforts in Bangladesh.

The aid will target the poorest 10 percent of the Asian country’s population, Diana Dalton, deputy country representative of the U.K. Department for International Development in Bangladesh, said during her presentation of DfID’s 2011-2015 operational plan for Bangladesh on Sunday (April 17) in Dhaka, The Daily Star reports.

Dalton was accompanied by Chris Austin, country representative of DfID in Bangladesh, for the launch of the operational plan.

“Over the next four years, we want to work on all those areas and more on bigger scale so that the majority of Bangladeshis who are fairly on low level of income have best opportunities to improve their own lives,” Austin said.

The four-year assistance, which represents an annual increase of 100 million pounds from the previous level, aims to address challenges relating to education, health, poverty, hunger and vulnerability, climate change, governance and security, wealth creation, and water and sanitation in the Asian country.

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