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Solomon Islands: Overseas Aid

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what (a) UK and (b) EU aid is planned to be provided to the Solomon Islands in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement; (178549)

(2) what aid programmes the UK sponsors in the Solomon Islands; and how much funding was provided for each programme in each year it has been running;

(3) how much aid the UK gave to the Solomon Islands in each of the last 10 years; and what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department’s (a) work and (b) expenditure in the Solomon Islands.

DFID is currently developing detailed plans for allocating its budget over the three-year period 2008-09 to 2010-11 following the outcome of the comprehensive spending review announced in October. Individual country and regional allocations will not be finalised until March 2008.

Under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF10) the EU have committed to spend €13.2 million on development activities in the Solomon Islands. Indicative annual totals are €0.8 million in 2008, €11.2 million in 2009 and €1.2 million in 2010. In addition, the Solomon Islands may receive small amounts of funding from thematic lines within the Development Cooperation Instrument of the EU Budget; commitments against these lines are made by theme and not for specific countries.

The UK does not currently have any bilateral aid programmes in the Solomon Islands but does provide a small amount of support in the form of pensions for ex-colonial employees. The UK does provide bilateral aid to the Pacific region and multilateral assistance to a range of organisations, some of which may be used for development activities in the Solomon Islands.

Details of the UK’s bilateral assistance and imputed multilateral assistance to Solomon Islands over the last 10 years are laid out in the following tables.

Table 1: UK total bilateral gross public expenditure on development 1997-98 to 2006-07

Solomon Islands (£000)

1997-98

14,934

1998-99

813

1999-2000

719

2000-01

437

2001-02

458

2002-03

567

2003-04

462

2004-05

376

2005-06

273

2006-07

91

Table 2: Imputed UK share of multilateral official development assistance (ODA) 1996-2005

Solomon Islands (£000)

1996

618

1997

335

1998

1,150

1999

556

2000

3,785

2001

2,962

2002

386

2003

288

2004

268

2005

1,676

As part of the DFID performance management system for its bilateral portfolio, DFID evaluates its projects effectiveness on an annual basis, and once projects are complete. DFID contacts all its overseas pension recipients on an annual basis to ensure they still qualify for their pensions.