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International Assistance

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many country governance assessments have been carried out in the last 18 months; and what account has been taken of these assessments in his Department’s (a) development decisions, including budget support decisions and (b) formulation of country and regional development assistance plans. (181742)

DFID Country Offices were provided with guidance about how to undertake Country Governance Analysis (CGAs) in February 2007. Since then, 16 CGAs have been completed. These have been used, alongside other tools such as Drivers of Change Analysis, to inform programming decisions and Country Assistance Plans (CAPs). They are now a mandatory component of all CAPs. We are currently reviewing experience over the past nine months, and plan to update our guidance in April once that review is completed.