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Overseas Aid

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the level of fiduciary risk for UK bilateral aid to (a) India, (b) Tanzania, (c) Sudan, (d) Bangladesh, (e) Pakistan, (f) Afghanistan, (g) Ethiopia, (h) Nigeria, (i) Uganda, (j) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (k) Ghana, (l) Kenya, (m) Malawi, (n) Zambia, (o) Indonesia, (p) Mozambique, (q) Vietnam, (r) Iraq, (s) Nepal and (t) China. (199877)

Since 2004, the Department for International Development (DFID) has conducted detailed fiduciary risk assessments in all countries where we provide poverty reduction budget support (PRBS). This is aid given to support poverty reduction programmes through partner governments' own budgets, and using partners' own financial management, procurement and accountability systems. The following table shows the most recent fiduciary risk rating in each country listed above that has received PRBS.

Country

DFID fiduciary risk rating

Tanzania

medium

Bangladesh

high

Pakistan

medium

Ethiopia

moderate

Uganda

medium

Ghana

substantial

Malawi

high

Zambia

high

Mozambique

substantial

Vietnam

medium

Nepal

high

DFID has not provided any PRBS to the Federal Government of India, but we do provide sector budget support in some of our focus states where the risk rating is judged as medium. No PRBS has been provided to the Sudan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Indonesia, Iraq or China.

From 2008, DFID will as part of its country planning process conduct fiduciary risk assessments for all countries where we provide financial aid.