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Aid Expenditure

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK aid has been allocated to projects on (a) women’s rights, (b) education and literacy, (c) health, (d) infrastructure and (e) political reform in each year since 2001. (98021)

Expenditure relating to women’s rights activities is not available. However table 1 includes expenditure that has a principle and a significant impact on promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Table 2 details expenditure from the bilateral development assistance programme on projects in education (including literacy) and health. Expenditure on activities relating to political reform is not easily defined and can include areas such as good governance through public financial management, anti-corruption, security sector reform and access to justice, but expenditure on these areas cannot be identified separately. However expenditure on local government reform (including Parliament and decentralisation), electoral assistance and public service reform can be identified and have been included in the figures for political reform.

Expenditure on infrastructure includes transport and communication, energy, construction, water supply and sanitation and waste control for this category. Infrastructure expenditure also features in private sector development, information and communication, urban management, agricultural production but the infrastructure element cannot be identified separately and is not included in the figures as follows.

A significant proportion of aid programme funding is channelled through multilateral organisations and much of this cannot be broken down by sector. I have therefore provided details of the bilateral project funding as a proportion of the DFID bilateral programme and of total UK gross expenditure on development in each year.

Table 1: Gender equality

Percentage of DFID Bilateral Programme

Percentage of GPEX

2001-02

17

7

2002-03

20

9

2003-04

23

10

2004-05

30

12

2005-06

32

12

Source: SRSG Database

Table 2

Education

Health

Percentage of DFID Bilateral Programme

Percentage of GPEX

Percentage of DFID Bilateral Programme

Percentage of GPEX

2001-02

10

4

20

9

2002-03

10

4

20

9

2003-04

12

5

21

9

2004-05

13

5

22

9

2005-06

10

4

22

8

Political reformInfrastructure

Percentage of DFID Bilateral Programme

Percentage of GPEX

Percentage of DFID Bilateral Programme

Percentage of GPEX

2001-02

8

3

6

3

2002-03

5

2

5

2

2003-04

12

5

6

2

2004-05

9

4

4

2

2005-06

10

4

5

2

Source: SRSG Database