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Africa: Overseas Aid

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department has allocated to the African Community Access Programme in each year since its inception; what percentage of that funding was administrative costs in each year; what private sector contractors are delivering the programme; and what the value of each contract is. (220538)

The African Community Access Programme (AFCAP) has a total Department for International Development (DFID) budget of £7.5 million over five years. The Programme Management contract was awarded to Crown Agents through competitive tender with a financial limit of £1.222 million over the first three years. The Programme formally began only in June 2008 and no disbursements have yet been made. The Management’s initial task of identifying transport research projects in six African countries has recently begun; once these have been designed in collaboration with participating governments, invitations to tender for their implementation will be issued, and specific project costs will become available.