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Overseas Aid

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what factors account for the growth in his Department’s bilateral spending on grants and other aid in kind, excluding funding for partnership programme agreements and other Civil Society Organisations since 2001-02; and which institutions were the major recipients. (141283)

[holding answer 11 June 2007]: The heading “grants and other aid in kind” is used for statistical purposes to classify DFID bilateral assistance which is not covered by the main aid-type categories such as financial aid (including budget support), technical co-operation and humanitarian assistance. In addition to funding for partnership programme agreements and other civil society organisations this category will include, amongst other things, a growing proportion of DFID bilateral support which is disbursed through international institutions and multilateral organisations. This funding is additional to core contributions to these organisations which are reported separately. For example in Sudan, DFID has committed £47 million over three years to two multi-donor trust funds administered through the World Bank. But, in general, projects and programmes coded under this heading are too diverse to provide a meaningful summary or an isolated cause for the overall increase. However, DFID is in the process of reassessing the way it categorises this element of its aid programme to provide a more useful breakdown for users in future reports.