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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to the construction of a new mosque in Musa Qala in Helmand Province. (207462)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is not providing any direct assistance to the construction of a new mosque in Musa Qala. The mosque is being delivered by the Government of Afghanistan's Ministry for Rural Rehabilitation and Development with funding provided by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Lashkar Gah.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many contracts worth more than £10,000 his Department has entered into with non-governmental organisations for projects in Helmand Province. (207787)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has entered in to one contract with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for a development project in Helmand. The NGO, which would prefer to remain nameless for security reasons, received a grant of £999,447 to support an agricultural development programme which began in August 2007. In addition, DFID funding is supporting through the Government of Afghanistan the Bangladeshi NGO BRAC, to undertake community development and microfinance projects in Helmand, and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) to establish credit unions.