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Moldova

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has made available to assist vulnerable groups in Moldova; and if he will take steps to ensure that recipients of the funding are involved in meetings to discuss funding with officials in his Department. (95631)

DFID is working closely with the Moldovan Government to support the priorities identified in its Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EGPRSP) 2004-06 and has funded a range of programmes in support of vulnerable groups. These include: a Social Investment Fund to help rural communities plan and manage social infrastructure investments, including community-based services for vulnerable groups; a Rural Investment and Services Project which has supported the development on 900 small and medium-sized enterprises/livelihood projects in the poorest communities in Moldova; social assistance capacity building through the development of a network of NGOs that represent the interest of community groups; and community projects including support for integration of disabled children into the wider community.

DFID is currently discussing with the Government of Moldova a Social Assistance Reform project and support to regional development in pilot regions of Moldova.

It is our practice in Moldova as elsewhere to consult widely in the design and implementation of our programmes including with Government, civil society and representatives of beneficiary communities.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will instruct his officials to attend technical co-ordination meetings of the OSCE in Moldova on anti-trafficking measures; and if he will make a statement. (95632)

DFID officials in Moldova are in regular contact with the OSCE office in Chisinau. DFID is not directly involved in anti-trafficking programmes. The OSCE, the International Organisation for Migration, the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme are leading on support to anti-trafficking measures.

DFID bilateral programmes, and support to multilateral agencies in Moldova, aim to reduce poverty and social and economic deprivation associated with trafficking. Priorities include social assistance reform, regional development, public administration and public financial management reform, and support to social investment and rural investment programmes.

DFID is currently discussing with the Government of Moldova possible social assistance reform support as well as support for regional development.

It is our practice in Moldova as elsewhere to consult widely on the design and implementation of all our projects and programmes including with Government, civil society and representatives of beneficiaries communities.