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Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government are providing to projects promoting human rights and democracy in Burma. (135640)

DFID provides significant support to projects to help the people of Burma access their human rights and build the foundations for sustainable democracy. Our programme includes a wide variety of activities, such as capacity-building for local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), training for journalists, work to involve poor people in decision-making about issues that affect them, and support for the empowerment of poor women. In addition, the British embassy in Rangoon is carrying out extremely valuable work to build local capacity.

DFID is about to start work on the implementation of a £3.0 million programme designed to expand and strengthen DFID’s work to support increased prospects for a successful transition to democracy and respect for human rights in Burma. The programme will increase opportunities for Burma’s people to engage in political decision-making processes at local level affecting their welfare, livelihoods and governance.