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Developing Countries: Budgetary Support

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

6. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's provision of direct budgetary support in developing countries; and if he will make a statement. (193267)

Independent evaluations of the impact of budget support have demonstrated that, in the right circumstances, budget support has

strengthened countries' public financial management systems;

improved the efficiency of their public expenditure; and

increased the services provided by partner governments, particularly in health and education.