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Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether there are any plans to review British aid to Ethiopia with a view to enhancing the programme when the treason trials are completed and the civil society activists detained are freed; and if he will make a statement. (148183)

DFID is currently preparing a new country strategy to support implementation of the Ethiopian Government's poverty strategy. The level and focus of DFID support will depend on an assessment of the Ethiopian Government's policies and plans on growth, poverty reduction and governance. We will be reviewing the track record of the Government on poverty reduction, priorities included in the new national plan for growth and poverty reduction, policies in place to improve the quality and effectiveness of government systems and commitments on governance and human rights.

Within this context, we continue to follow closely the trials of opposition politicians and civil society leaders on which further developments are expected.