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South America: Poverty

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department are undertaking to alleviate poverty in (a) Uruguay, (b) Argentina, (c) Brazil and (d) Peru. (147144)

DFID's support to these four countries is provided through international (“multi-lateral”) organisations—mainly the European Union, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. In 2004, DFID's contributions through these channels were £1 million to Uruguay; £1 million to Argentina; £6 million to Brazil; and £2 million to Peru. To help these organisations focus on reducing poverty, DFID has a Latin-America regional programme, with offices in Brazil, Bolivia (for the Andes) and Nicaragua (for central America). These offices work with the Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank on two areas: (i) helping poor people benefit from markets, and (ii) making public sectors and political systems more transparent and accountable. In addition, we work on global issues that affect the region such as HIV and AIDS, and trade. Social exclusion is a cross-cutting theme throughout all facets of our work. DFID is also supporting a number of UK NGOs working in Latin America under partnership programme agreements and the Civil Society Challenge Fund.

DFID's assistance to Latin America from 2004-07 is set out in the regional assistance plan, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.