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Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

11. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department is undertaking with local government in Pakistan. (182981)

DFID support for local government in Pakistan focuses on service delivery, capacity building and governance. Specific assistance is being given to the provinces of Punjab and North West Frontier and the federally administered tribal areas. In addition, support is being provided for national programmes to improve local capacity and the use of district funds and to increase participation of citizens, especially women, in decision making processes. In total we have committed £84 million for these programmes.