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India: Overseas Aid

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds his Department provided to the (a) Food and Drug Capacity Building Project, (b) Orissa Health Systems Development Project, (c) Second National Aids Control Project, (d) Malaria Control Project and (e) Tuberculosis Control Project in India in each year from 2001-02 to 2007-08. (203569)

These five projects are World Bank projects that were the subject of a recent World Bank Detailed Implementation Review (DIR) which found indications of fraud and corruption. All the projects were funded by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA). The UK provided around 10.4 per cent. of donor funds to IDA during the period in question. The World Bank’s Board of Directors discussed the DIR on 13 March and endorsed World Bank and Government of India Action Plans to address problems identified in the DIR.

The Department for International Development (DFID) separately supports health projects in India through its bilateral programme. During these years, DFID supported the second phase of India’s National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), through a multi-agency programme with the Government of India, UN agencies and civil society organisations. Total expenditure on this project was £4,949,875, £19,996,646, £28,606,262 and £12,032,842 in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 respectively. DFID is reviewing its support to NACP to ensure that any implications for DFID funding from the DIR are being robustly addressed.