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Rwanda: Overseas Aid

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps the Government has taken to assist sustainable development in Rwanda. (200975)

Over the last 10 years, the UK has provided £380 million of development assistance to support poverty reduction and the recovery of Rwanda from the legacy of the 1994 genocide. This year, the Department for International Development (DFID) expects to provide £46 million, of which £33 million will be direct budget support to the government directly supporting their sustainable development goals. We have also signed a new health sector budget support agreement worth £12 million over five years to improve maternal and child health outcomes. A further £7.5 million for the period from 2008-12 will support the One UN pilot in Rwanda, designed to improve the delivery effectiveness of the UN, which is focused on sustainable development.

DFID has also provided significant technical support to the Government of Rwanda in developing its new Poverty Reduction Strategy, known as the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS), which was launched in 2007. DFID’s future programme in Rwanda, which will expand by 16 per cent. over the next three years, will focus on building capacity for the implementation of the new strategy.