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Sudan: Overseas Aid

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the objectives of the Darfur community peace and stability fund are; when Government funding will be provided to the fund; whether non-governmental organisations will be involved in delivering the objectives of the fund; and if he will make a statement. (193359)

The Darfur community peace and stability fund (DCPSF) aims to support local level peace building and reconciliation through the provision of essential services and livelihood support. The fund will operate in areas where there is local security and where community leaders have committed to a dialogue on peace.

The UK pledged £5 million to the DCPSF on 28 October 2007, and we expect to disburse £1 million by April 2008.

The UK is on the DCPSF steering committee, which includes non-governmental organisations (NGOs), donors and the United Nations (UN). Projects will be implemented by NGOs and UN agencies.