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Africa: Politics and Government

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to promote good governance amongst pan-African institutions. (211797)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is working to support the efforts of pan-African institutions to improve their internal governance and to promote governance on the continent. DFID is providing support to the Pan-African Parliament to strengthen its financial and human resource systems, and to the African Union Commission to establish efficient and transparent fund handling processes.

DFID is working with pan-African institutions to improve governance on the continent in a variety of ways, including providing over £1 million to the African Peer Review Mechanism Secretariat Trust Fund, which supports the running of this important continental governance programme of the African Union. DFID has engaged the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa, a South African-based NGO, to assist the African Union Commission and Pan-African Parliament to improve their election monitoring capacity. DFID is also assisting the African Development Bank, through a £1 million programme, to improve the quality of the governance support the bank offers its African member countries.