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Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on aid for Sri Lanka in each year since 1997; and to what Sri Lankan (a) governmental body, (b) non-governmental organisations and (b) inter-governmental organisations this funding was given. (203205)

Between 1997-2007, the Department for International Development's (DFID) total bilateral programme aid to Sri Lanka was £71.4 million. This includes project aid, technical assistance, humanitarian aid, debt relief and Global Conflict Prevention Pool (GCPP) funds. DFID's bilateral programme to Sri Lanka ended in March 2007. DFID now works with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide peace building support to Sri Lanka by pooling funds through the Conflict Prevention Pool (CPP). DFID's 2007-08 CPP contributions stand at £1.5 million. The breakdown of spend per year 1997-2007 is provided in the following table.

DFID bilateral spend in Sri Lanka between 1997 and 2007

£ million

DFID spend on Sri Lanka

1997-98

6.6

1998-99

7.9

1999-2000

7.8

2000-01

7.3

2001-02

4.7

2002-03

5.7

2003-04

8.1

2004-05

6.6

2005-06

10.8

2006-07

5.9

End of DFID bilateral programme

Total

71.4

Governmental Departments

DFID does not provide (and has not provided) Direct Budget Support to the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL). Support to the Government was principally through debt relief during 1998-2000 and again in 2005-07. In spring 2007 the GoSL was unable to meet the criteria required for debt relief due to its violation of human rights and debt relief was suspended. DFID has provided some technical assistance to the Government through, for example, the GoSL/UNICEF Joint Strategy for Internally Displaced Peoples, the Government's education programme via the World Bank Education Trust Fund, and provision of training for the Sri Lankan police force.

Between 1997 and 2007, DFID also supported the following organisations:

Non-governmental organisations

Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children Fund UK, Oxfam, Islamic Relief, Centre for Poverty Analysis, ZOA Refugee Care, Mercy Corps, RedR, International Health Partners, Halo Trust, Christian Aid.

Inter-governmental organisations/multilaterals

UNICEF, World Bank, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), Commonwealth Scholarship Fellow Plan, Asian Development Bank (ADB).