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Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for which (a) countries and (b) regions his Department will be developing new country assistance plans in 2008 and 2009; and what arrangements he plans to make for consultation on these plans. (205258)

The following country and regional plans have been or are currently scheduled to be submitted for agreement during 2008 and 2009: Vietnam, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Caribbean, Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen, Palestine, Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe. For many of these countries, consultations have already been undertaken or are taking place.

When country and regional plans are being prepared, my Department follows Cabinet Office guidance on consultation processes, including a 12-week public consultation publicised on the Department for International Development (DFID) external website. In addition to discussions with partner governments, in-country and external consultation takes place with other donors, civil society, NGOs and the private sector, and with other UK Government Departments.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to publish the final country assistance plans for (a) countries and (b) regions adopted following recent consultations. (205259)

The country and regional planning process was revised in March 2008. Country and regional plans approved by me will continue to be published on DFID's external website and in hard copy. Future country and regional plans will appear as shorter documents, showing more clearly the link between the UK Government's investment and development needs, where and how funds will be spent and accounted for, and the outcomes expected as a result of our investment. The timetable for doing so will normally be not more than 12 weeks following approval of a country or regional plan.