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Overseas Aid: Standards

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which of the indicators for the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness his Department is not on target for; when he expects his Department to meet those targets; and by what means. (155284)

The 2006 OECD-DAC survey results showed that DFID has either already met or is on target to meet all the Paris Declaration targets at a corporate level by the 2010 deadline. When analysed at country level however, performance is more variable. Key areas where DFID will need to make improvements are:

(i) Reporting aid on budget;

(ii) Predictability; and

(iii) Use of programme-based approaches.

The DAC survey results and our own internal analysis have been used to update our UK DFID medium-term action plan on aid effectiveness. This includes actions across the organisation to improve aid effectiveness at country level, corporately and through our role as shareholders in the multi lateral organisations.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made towards the target of spending 90 per cent. of aid on the poorest countries; and what percentage of UK aid goes to the poorest countries. (155285)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made towards the target of allocating 50 per cent. of UK bilateral aid to developing countries for public services; and what percentage of bilateral aid is allocated for (a) health, (b) education, (c) sanitation and (d) water. (155286)

Provisional estimates for 2006-07 are that 49 per cent. of DFID bilateral expenditure (excluding humanitarian assistance) was spent on public services—a rise of five percentage points on the previous year. The breakdown for the sectors mentioned is as follows:

Percentage

Health

25.0

Education

18.9

Sanitation

0.8

Water

1.5