Promote gender equality in the provision by the Government of development
assistance and humanitarian assistance to countries outside the United
Kingdom, and for connected purposes.
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
When the Secretary of State offers development assistance to any person or
body under the International Development Act 2002, he shall as a means of
reducing poverty have regard to the reduction of inequality between men and
women and between boys and girls, and to further sustainable development in
the social, economic and environmental circumstances for women, in one or
more countries outside the United Kingdom.
When providing assistance for the purpose of alleviating the effects of a natural
or man-made disaster or other emergency in a country outside the United
Kingdom, the Secretary of State shall have regard to the arrangements for
providing the assistance in recognition of the different needs of men and boys,
and women and girls, respectively.
When entering into arrangements with another person or body to provide
assistance under the International Development Act 2002, or offering grants,
loans or guarantees to such a person or body for such purposes, the Secretary
of State shall have regard to the principles in sections 1 and 2.
In section 4(1) of the International Development (Reporting and Transparency)
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Act 2006, after paragraph (d) add—
what progress has been made in compliance with the Gender
Equality (International Development) Act 2013.”
This Act may be cited as the Gender Equality (International Development) Act
This Act shall come into force on the expiry of two months beginning on the
day on which it is passed.
(3) This Act applies to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.