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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what formal mechanisms exist for non-governmental organisations funded by his Department to provide feedback on the effectiveness of UK aid in Afghanistan. (193310)

In the UK, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) meet quarterly with representatives of the UK Government on Afghanistan. These meetings are an opportunity for the UK Government to update NGO stakeholders on the UK strategy and progress in Afghanistan; and for the UK Government to receive feedback on all elements of the comprehensive approach, including on DFID’s aid programme.

In Afghanistan, 97 members from the national and international humanitarian, reconstruction and development NGOs community are co-ordinated by the agency co-ordinating body for Afghan relief (ACBAR). Some NGOs are implementers of DFID funded, but Government owned, national priority programmes. ACBAR are represented at monthly meetings of lead donors and Afghan Government representatives on the Government of Afghanistan’s own plan for reconstruction and development, the Afghanistan national development strategy.