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Somalia: Education

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will provide a breakdown of how the £9 million funding for education in Somalia announced on 5 April is proposed to be spent; and what the timescale is for the release of the funding. (141064)

The £9 million funding for education in Somalia will mainly build on our existing support to UNICEF/UNESCO education programmes in Puntland, Somaliland and, security conditions permitting, south central Somalia.

We will also support the development of education sector strategies (jointly with the EC and other development partners); and continue to support international non-governmental organisations in education service delivery, including humanitarian education programmes, in all parts of Somalia.

Due to the unstable situation in Somalia, it is at present difficult to give a precise breakdown as to when and how the funds will be allocated.