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Lesotho: Overseas Aid

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received on the Lesotho Highlands Water project. (175728)

The UK Government provided support to the Lesotho Highlands Water programme in 1987 and to the Highland Water scheme (Phase I and II) and the Lesotho Delegation of the Highlands Water Commission from 1999 to January 2005. Funding was mainly in the form of engineering technical assistance.

There have been no other interventions by the UK, nor have we received any representations since then.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department has supported in Lesotho in the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (175729)

The UK bilateral programme to Lesotho is approximately £5 million.

We have co-ordinated closely with the UN in Maseru in response to the current drought. DFID provided £500,000 through UNICEF to ensure people have access to clean water. We are also the largest donor to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which has allocated US $4.74 million to the humanitarian response.

The European Union's ninth European Development Framework (EDF 9) provided funds of €104 million to Lesotho between 2002 and 2007. DFID's imputed share of this is approximately 17 per cent. The key areas covered were: water and sanitation, road transport, macro-economic support and capacity building, HIV and AIDS, trade and regional integration.

The following table shows projects that DFID has supported in the last three years:

Name of programme

Start to End dates

Sector

Funds (£000)

Lesotho Revenue Authority: Phase 1

March 2002 to March 2006

Governance

3,200

Lesotho Justice Sector Development Programme

August 2003 to November 2007

Justice

2,100

Lesotho Textile Project

February 2004 to February 2009

Trade

1,500

Lesotho Priority Support Programme: Job Creation/Food Security

April 2004 to May 2009

Trade Food Security

1,900

Lesotho Poverty Reduction Strategy Foundation Programme

September 2004 to November 2008

Governance Public Financial Management

5,000

Support to Civil Society

Donor Harmonisation

Poverty Monitoring

Lesotho Priority Support Programme: HIV&AIDS Programme

November 2004 to May 2009

Health/HIV

1,800

Apparel Lesotho Alliance to Fight Aids

January 2005 to March 2007

Health/HIV

300

Support to Vulnerable Rural Households in Lesotho (FAO)

November 2005 to August 2006

Food Security

350

Lesotho Revenue Authority: Phase 2

September 2006 to March 2009

Governance

2,930

Potato Culture Project

February 2007 to September 2008

Science and Technology

55

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (UNICEF)

October 2007 to March 2008

Humanitarian

500