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Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2003, Official Report, column 9W, on poverty reduction strategies, what pressure his Department applied for the inclusion of water, sanitation and hygiene in the Cameroon Poverty Reduction Strategy Plan published on 12 August; and whether the Poverty Reduction Strategy Plan provides sufficient resources to meet (a) the water and (b) the sanitation millennium development targets in Cameroon. [130749]

Cameroon's Poverty Reduction Strategy includes objectives of improved access to drinking water and sanitation under one of the seven Strategic Areas. DFID participated in discussions of the draft strategy with the Government of Cameroon and other donors. Our focus was on improved governance, monitoring of PRS implementation, and forestry sector reform, which is the sector we are concentrating on and where we feel we can make most difference. We would expect adequacy of the Strategy with respect to all the Millennium Development Goals to become clearer through the monitoring process, which the government of Cameroon and donors are working to put in place.