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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Overseas Aid

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the Government gave directly to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in each of the last 10 years. (138910)

The Government provided debt relief to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) every year between 1996-97 and 2005-06, as shown in the following table.

Debt relief from the British Government to the Government of the DRC

£

1996-97

1,106,000

1997-98

1,089,000

1998-99

994,000

1999-2000

810,000

2000-01

3,656,000

2001-02

4,704,000

2002-03

2,715,000

2003-04

131,550,976

2004-05

7,377,490

2005-06

390,866

In the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06, the Department for International Development (DFID) provided financial aid of £500,000 per year to the DRC Ministry of Plan for the preparation of the Government of the DRC’s poverty reduction strategy. In 2006-07, DFID committed £324,225 of financial aid to the DRC Ministry of Plan to enable it to carry out a demographic and health survey.

This aid provided by DFID directly to the Government of the DRC represents a very small fraction of DFID’s total bilateral aid to the DRC, which totalled £29.2 million in 2004-05 and £58.8 million in 2005-06.