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Developing Countries: Terrorism

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to provide assistance to developing countries following terrorist attacks in the last 12 months. (199409)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has not provided emergency support to developing countries affected by terrorist attacks during the last year. Though available in theory, the scale of terrorist attacks to date has not warranted large international humanitarian responses.

More generally DFID can help to mitigate the economic and social impact of a serious attack, both on people's livelihoods and government finances, for example support for the efforts of multilateral organisations such the World Bank and United National Development Programme following the 2002 Bali bombing.

DFID can also help to reduce the threat of violence through:

Mainstream development programming, which can help developing countries to address the grievances which ultimately drive conflict and cause terrorism.

Support for conflict prevention and mediation measures, where appropriate.