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Water and Sanitation

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of bilateral assistance on water and sanitation was provided to (a) public, (b) community-based and (c) private schemes in each of the five countries that received the most bilateral assistance from the UK for this sector in 2005-06. (97037)

Countries receiving the most bilateral assistance from DFID in the sector:

2005-06 (£ million)





DR Congo






DFID works with the UN, governments and others on programmes with a range of factors including public utilities, local civil society and private sector operators. It is difficult to break down country level expenditure to distinguish between public, private and community based support using our standard reporting procedures. DFID hires consultants to produce detailed analysis of its water and sanitation expenditure. They reported around 95 per cent. of DFID’s bilateral support to the sector was predominantly through governments and not-for-profit or humanitarian agencies in 2003-04. 2005-06 figures are expected by end 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance his Department provides to support knowledge transfer between well-performing public utilities and less well-performing ones in the water and sanitation sectors of developing countries. (97038)

DFID committed £1.05 million for 2006-07 to support the World Bank led programme, the International Benchmarking Network for Water and Sanitation Utilities (IBNET). This measures the performance of water service providers across the world. DFID has recently met with representatives of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation who are developing Water Operators’ Partnerships. These are intended to enable well-performing utilities to support utilities that are struggling to provide adequate water and sanitation services. DFID is considering how it might support this programme.