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Uganda: Overseas Aid

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what controls he has put in place to ensure that the allocation of £700 million aid to Uganda over the next 10 years is applied to (a) poverty reduction, (b) tackling corruption, (c) strengthening human rights and (d) other purposes for which it was intended. (170070)

DFID signed a Development Partnership Arrangement (DPA) with Uganda on 22 November. This specifies that poverty reduction, tackling corruption and strengthening human rights are the key shared commitments on which our partnership is based. Under the provisions of the DPA there will be annual partnership talks to monitor and assess performance against these commitments.

The DPA sets aside an indicative allocation of £700 million over the next 10 years which is subject to the partnership commitments being met. In the event of a breach there are a range of provisions which include changing the way DFID delivers its programme as well as the possibility of reducing aid. The specific arrangements for disbursing and monitoring our development assistance will follow the comprehensive guidelines for project and programme management that are set out in DFID’s ‘Blue Book’ of rules, systems and procedures.