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Africa: Overseas Aid

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what process is followed for awarding contracts for aid projects in Africa; and what criteria are used for determining the best tender. (211707)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is committed to fair, transparent, and open competition. All contracts above certain financial thresholds are tendered through international competition, in accordance with the EU Public Procurement directives and the code of good practice issued by the Office of Government Commerce. This involves:

publishing a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), allowing at least 37 days for the submission of expressions of interest;

issuing invitations to tender (ITTs), allowing at least 40 days for bidders to submit proposals;

evaluating proposals;

making decision of award; and

awarding the contract.

DFID selects the tender that offers best value for money based on an evaluation of criteria covering both technical and commercial aspects as set out in the invitation to tender letter.

DFID often uses suppliers that have been pre-qualified through competition to stand ready to provide services as required.

For contracts valued below £90,319, DFID may choose to run a mini-competition by inviting a number of suppliers to submit a proposal. Alternatively we may approach a contractor directly to undertake a specific piece of work.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what UK aid programmes are aimed at promoting good governance in African countries. (211708)

The Department for International Development's 2006 White Paper ‘Making Governance Work for the Poor’ put governance considerations at the heart of all UK aid programmes—a copy can be found at

DFID works with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to produce Country Governance Analysis reports looking at the quality of governance in all major partner countries in Africa. These inform DFID programmes to improve governance through building state capability, improving accountability, and encouraging responsiveness to citizens, needs.

DFID has carefully targeted governance improvement programmes in all our focal countries in Africa. In 2007 DFID produced a publication titled ‘Governance, Development and Democratic Politics: DFID's work in building more effective states’. This publication provides much more detail on our approach to governance and gives specific examples of programmes promoting good governance in our partner countries and can be found at

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which contractors received funding from his Department in the 2007-08 financial year in relation to projects in Africa. (211719)

The following table contains the names of contractors who received funding from DFID during 2007-08 in relation to projects in Africa. This does not include payments made to contractors for low-value contracts issued by individual departments and overseas offices under delegated authority. These details are not held centrally and could not be produced without incurring disproportionate costs.

Adam Smith International Ltd

Allison George

Andrew Cordery

Andrew Lovegrove

Antonio Bojanic

Atos Consulting Limited

Barry Barnwell

Bearpark Associates

BMB Mott Macdonald

British Council

Cambridge Education Consultants

Cardiff And Vale Enterprise

Care International Uk


Charles Kendall And Partners Limited


Chris Gale

Chris Rampe

Christopher Adam

Coffey International Development Ltd

OSU Cooker

Constella Futures

Cowi Mozambique

D P Russell

DAI Europe Limited

David Child

David Smith

Development In Practice

ECI Africa Consulting (PTY) LTD

Emerging Markets Group

Ernst And Young Ghana

Family Health International

Footbridge Consulting


Garlic (UK) Ltd

Gianni Brusati

GRM International Ltd

Harewelle International Limited

Health Partners International

Helm Corporation Ltd

Henry Vagg

HLSP Limited



Imani Development International Ltd

Intematical (PTY) Ltd

Interact Worldwide

Intermedia NCG

International Organisation Development


JAN Consulting Ltd

John Olympio

Keith Biddle

Kolawole A Sofola

KPMG East Africa

KPMG Mozambique

Lisa Curtis Associates

Liverpool Associates in Trop. Health

LTS International Ltd

Malaria Consortium

Masdar (UK) Limited

Mokoro Limited

Moore Stephens LLP

Mr G and Mrd E Horlacher

Natural Resources Institute

Nordic Consultant


Overseas Development Institute

Oxford Policy Management

Peter Mills


PLW Development Solutions Ltd

Population Services International


PricewaterhouseCoopers Africa

Public Administration International

PricewaterhouseCoopers Portugal

RW England


Rosemary Bellow

Saana Consulting Ltd

Social Development Direct Ltd

SRK Consultancy

The British Council Sudan

The Crown Agents For Overseas Administrations And Governments Ltd

The Environment And Development Group

Triple Line Consulting Ltd

University College London

University Of Wolverhampton

Uganda Telecom Ltd

Vincent De Boer

W S Atkins International Ltd

Wendy Thomson

Wild Dog Ltd

Witek Nowosielski

WSP International Limited

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the £200 million emergency response aid for Africa in 2007-08 was distributed. (211803)

The figures showing the distribution of the 2007-08 humanitarian contributions in Africa are not yet available.