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Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what poverty reduction plans which have been agreed with partner governments incorporate human rights-based benchmarks. (206273)

Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) are a requirement for countries to receive concessional assistance from the World Bank (through the International Development Association—IDA) and the IMF (through the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility—PRGF). In addition they are the basis for the provision of debt relief under the enhanced HIPC (Highly Indebted Poor Countries) Initiative. The World Bank reports that PRSPs are on the agenda of about 70 low-income countries. The World Bank website (www.worldbank.org) publishes 66 PRSPs. It would incur disproportionate expense to answer the question in full by identifying which of these include human-rights based benchmarks.