In the backdrop of budget cuts for the HIV/AIDS sector over the next four years and a tough “fine” for countries with harsh LGBTI laws, the UK has introduced new policies for its aid for India. The multimillion pounds aid from 2011 to 2015, according to the Department of International Development’s data(pdf), will focus on the following areas: India’s low-income states, improve the lives of the country’s 10 million poor women and girls, and support the pro-poor private firms among others.
The ambitious plans looks at “wealth creation” across India’s 8 low-income states. This will benefit 3 million people between 2011 and 2015, out of which2.1 million will be women.
Other areas include health, sanitation, nutrition and education.
UK’s aid will help 13.9 million births within the four-year time, making sure women have access to proper health care facilities, nurses and midwives. According to the latest data from the Registrar General of India (pdf), maternal mortality rate stands at 212 per 100,000 live births in 2007-09, a decrease from the 2004-06’s data of 254 per 100,000 live births.
The aid will also support nutrition for 3.9 million children and will contribute in the education of 1.5 million children between 6 and 16, out of which 0.73 million are girls.
The new policy comes as a result of UK’s Department of International Development’s Bilateral Aid Review published in March 2011 that mentions that the “UK aid will deliver for the world’s poorest people over the next four years.”