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Sudan: Overseas Aid

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN Joint Logistics Centre in providing non food items for humanitarian programmes run by non-governmental organisations in Darfur; and if he will make a statement. (147201)

Overall, the UN Joint Logistics Centre (UNJLC) runs an effective mechanism for the supply and distribution of non-food items (NFIs) for Darfur in partnership with CARE and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Between January and May this year, 307,178 households were provided with NFIs, roughly 1.8 million people.

Given the scale of need in Darfur and like all other sectors, the supply of NFIs requires regular prioritisation to ensure the available resources are directed to the most pressing needs. UNJLC, CARE and other UN and NGO partners regularly meet to define the NFI priorities for Darfur, a process that is working well in very challenging circumstances. A second constraint is that of access for distributing agencies. Pervasive insecurity, including increasing attacks against humanitarian agencies, has limited the ability to deliver NFIs and other aid to populations in need.

It is only through the admirable work of the UN and NGOs that aid is being delivered to the 4 million people in need in Darfur. I utterly condemn the continuing violence targeting civilians and humanitarian workers in Darfur and the UK has called on all sides to cease the violence immediately; renew the ceasefire, reinvigorate the political process and support the rapid deployment of the AU/UN peacekeeping force for Darfur.