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Isn’t corruption wasting aid money in Pakistan?

We have a responsibility to British taxpayers like you that every pound is as efficiently spent as possible. So we regularly review the projects we support in Pakistan and across the world with an independent monitoring programme to make sure UK aid goes to those who need it most. We’re proud to have made a real difference to the lives of millions of people in Pakistan since 2011:

  • Over 1.5 million people reached with emergency food assistance
  • 3.5 million people reached with one or more water, sanitation or hygiene promotion intervention
  • 46 million people who vote in elections supported by DfID

Why doesn’t the development budget go to smaller partners in regions, or to Pakistani Diaspora groups to manage from UK?

We do sometimes work with smaller organisations on aid programmes in local regions. But to deliver large-scale development projects we often need to work with bigger partners such as the United Nations or charities like Oxfam and British Red Cross. Dividing the budget into smaller partners would be less efficient in terms of money spent and not have such a positive impact on the lives of people in Pakistan.

What are you doing to help women in Pakistan?

Improving women’s health services is one of Britain’s key aid aims in Pakistan. Through DfID support, Britain has helped:

  • 1,060,000 births to be delivered with the help of nurses, midwives or doctors.
  • 350,000 additional women use modern methods of family planning.
  • Nutrition-relevant programmes reach 270,000 pregnant women and children under five.

With 12,000 women dying in childbirth every year, we know there is more work to do.

What are the health programmes that are benefitting from funding?

We are currently delivering eight aid projects related to health in Pakistan, including programmes to improve reproductive health, combat undernutrition and support child health services. Between 2011 and 2016, Britain has also helped provide:

  • 1.1 million people with access to clean drinking water
  • 1.6 million people with improved sanitation
  • Over 1 million births delivered with the help of nurses, midwives or doctors