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Overseas Aid: Cost Effectiveness

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will provide information that shows how UK civil society concerns are reflected in his Department’s aid effectiveness work and preparations for the HLF in accordance with the dialogue his Department has with UK Advocacy Network. (211705)

The Department for International Development has regular dialogue with the UK Aid Network (UKAN) to ensure their concerns feed into our policy and action and that these concerns are reflected in our work to improve aid effectiveness in line with the Paris Declaration.

In preparation for the High Level Forum, we are supporting the involvement of civil society through research, advocacy and participation at Accra. This includes funding seminars to raise awareness and debate about aid effectiveness issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what definition he uses of corporate priority in referring to improving aid effectiveness. (211716)

Corporate priorities are identified through the business planning process. The corporate priorities are then included in the Departmental Strategic Objectives (DSOs). Two of DFID’s seven DSOs are about aid effectiveness, demonstrating the priority DFID attaches to it. They are Departmental Strategic Objective No. 5. (To make all bilateral and multilateral donors more effective); and Departmental Strategic Objective No. 6. (To deliver high quality and effective bilateral development assistance).