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Overseas Aid

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to ensure that aid given by his Department is spent on the purposes for which it was intended. (196893)

The Department for International Development (DFID) always checks three points for each aid programme:

That the funds were paid to the intended recipient;

That the funds have been used for the purposes agreed; and

That the use of the funds has been audited.

DFID checks on the use of funds by requiring recipients to provide audited financial statements and by conducting annual monitoring reviews.

DFID’s programme management is supported by regular audits by DFID’s internal audit department and the National Audit Office, both providing further evidence of the correct use of aid funds.