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Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the Government is co-operating with its international partners to meet the financial shortfall in the 2007 Humanitarian Action Plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo. (169907)

The 2007 Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is costed at US$687 million which includes both emergency and early recovery activities. Donors have contributed US$437 million to the HAP so far. Around US$100 million of these contributions have been made through the DRC Humanitarian Pooled Fund, which provides the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator complete flexibility in targeting funds to meet the most critical humanitarian needs.

The UK is one of the largest humanitarian donors to the DRC. In 2007 the UK has provided some £35 million for humanitarian projects. This accounts for over 10 per cent. of the needs as expressed in the HAP. £30 million of our 2007 funding has been channelled through the Pooled Fund.

The establishment of the Pooled Fund has made it easier for other donors to contribute to the HAP and the numbers of donors contributing to the fund increased from six in 2006 to eight in 2007. DFID played a key role in establishing the Pooled Fund and encourages other donors to contribute to it. This is therefore one important way in which DFID has co-operated with its international partners to address the shortfall in humanitarian funding for DRC.

In addition, as a member of the Good Humanitarian Donor group in the DRC, DFID participates actively with other donors in regularly assessing humanitarian assistance priorities and how shortfalls in funding can be addressed.