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Chad: Politics and Government

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives abroad have had on (i) the humanitarian situation in Chad, (ii) plans to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Chad and (iii) co-ordination of a post-conflict humanitarian response in Chad; with whom such discussions were held; and if he will make a statement. (197123)

The Secretary of State for International Development chairs regular ministerial meetings on Africa that cover a wide range of subjects, including Chad. The Department for International Development (DFID) is continuing to work with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to refine the UK's wider approach to Chad and the region.

Externally, DFID officials continue to be involved in discussions about Chad on a number of fronts, both in the UK, in Europe and in N'Djamena. The UK leads an informal donor/United Nations (UN) contact group in Geneva, which includes all the major donors engaged in Chad, as well as the key UN agencies active in the humanitarian response. DFID is using this forum for building consensus among donors to improve humanitarian coordination and intervention.

Other discussions relate to the development of a comprehensive humanitarian protection approach, the relationship of humanitarian actors with European Union forces (EUFOR), and the targeting of aid in the border areas. Recently, discussions have focused on the development of a coherent post-conflict response. DFID is now working to stimulate the UN's planning in this area, and to ensure that the UK's own planning is complementary to the plans being put forward by European partners.