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Direct Budget Support

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the number of staff required to carry out the political analysis necessary to deliver Direct Budget Support programmes. (92776)

Political analysis is one of a range of tasks involved in the delivery of Direct Budget Support, and is generally carried out by DFID governance advisers, working with other professional colleagues (such as livelihoods and social development advisers), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, experts from other donors and developing country partners.

DFID's regional divisions make their own assessments of the balance of different professional disciplines required to deliver their programmes, within overall staffing ceilings set corporately. We use a strategic workforce planning process to ensure that DFID recruits and retains the right mix of staff to meet operational needs.

To meet the growing demand for governance work DFID has increased the number of governance advisers. There are currently over 120 in post, the majority of them on operational programmes. 19 are currently in African countries in receipt of budget support.