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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding has been committed to Afghanistan for reconstruction and development in each year since the invasion; what proportion of this funding has been committed (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally; and through which organisations. (122766)

DFID spent over £390 million on reconstruction and development in Afghanistan between April 2001 and March 2006. We have committed to spend a further £330 million between April 2006 and March 2009, including a planned £102 million in 2006-07.

Our bilateral programme spend in Afghanistan over the last five financial years has been as follows:

£ million

2001-02

50

2002-03

75

2003-04

80

2004-05

80

2005-06

98

Amounts channelled through UN agencies were £1.3 million in 2001, £2.1 million in 2002, £1.4 million in 2003, and £4.0 million in 2004. We are also contributing 18 per cent. of the EC’s pledge of £1 billion between 2002 and 2007 (around £125 million in total, or around £25 million per year). We also contribute over 10 per cent. of the World Bank’s spending of $250-$300 million a year in Afghanistan, and we also channel funds through the Asian Development Bank. The international and local non-governmental organisations through which we have channelled funds are listed at Annexes A and B respectively.

Annexe A: International Organisations

Action Contre La Faim

Afghan Aid

Afghan Development Association

Aga Khan

Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development

Aide Medicale International

Assisting Marsh Arabs and Refugees

BBC World Service Trust

BRAC

British Agencies Advisory Group

British Red Cross

British Refugee Council

CAFOD

Care

Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Christina Aid

Concern

Development initiatives

Greenshields Cowie

Halo Trust

International Rescue Committee

Islamic Relief

Mercy Corps

Merlin

Ockenden International

Oxfam

Pharmaciens Sans Frontieres

Refugee Studies Centre

Save the Children Fund

Solidarities

TearFund

The Asia Foundation

War Child UK

Womankind

Annexe B: Local Organisations

Afghan Fertiliser Company

Afghanistan Independence Human Rights Commission

Afghanistan Information Management Service

Afghanistan National Construction Coordination

Civil Service Commission

Cooperation Centre for Afghanistan

Helping Afghan Farmers Organisation

Irtiqa Development and Construction Organisation

Luqman Rehabilitation Organisation

Moqadas Reconstruction Organisation

Reconstruction Committee for Development of Afghanistan

Roshan Construction Company

Southern Afghanistan Development Association

Southern Rehabilitation and Aid Committee

Tribal Liaison Office