The dude pictured above is Andrew Mitchell; Britains Secretary of state for International Development. Good news is that the generous British Government has increased the amount for the bilateral aid program by 5.2% which totals up to almost £60 million for the next fiscal year. Mitchell said that the program is expected to get over £103 million by 2014/2015.
- The British government has also identified five top priorities to implement aid programmes in Nepal that include supporting the peace process, strengthening governance and improving security and access to justice and helping poor and excluded people benefit from growth.
- The British minister also announced that around 60,000 Nepali girls and women will get benefit from the aid by ensuring their access to safe lavatories by 2015.
- “In Nepal, we are helping more than one in ten persons to make a living from forests. With our support, the average household income in these ommunities has increased by 60% over the last five years,” he said.
- The review report titled “UK Aid: Changing lives, delivering results” states that Nepali women are 30 times more likely to die during childbirth than women in the UK. The government of Nepal has been using the UK aid to ensure a safe environment for more than a million mothers to give birth with a trained midwife.
- In its bilateral aid review results, the DFID stated that more than 200,000 Nepali women were provided with access to contraceptives and over 40,000 jobs were created for forest dependent people including 25,000 women in the last five years.