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Chad: Overseas Aid

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2008, Official Report, column 1091W, on Chad: overseas aid, what the objectives are of his Department’s review of funding commitments; and when the review is expected to be completed. (192027)

The review of funding commitments was carried out in the wake of the attack on N’Djamena. The objective of the review was to allow the UK Government to respond appropriately to the humanitarian needs arising from the upsurge in fighting, and to develop a plan for humanitarian programming in Chad for the coming financial year. As part of the review, the Department for International Development (DFID) examined the scale of need, the effectiveness of implementing partners, coverage of the affected populations, and the focus of other donors.

Following completion of the review, DFID has committed an additional £500,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to address new humanitarian need. This takes the total bilateral UK commitment to Chad to £7 million this financial year.