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Indian Ocean Tsunami

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funds his Department has disbursed to Sri Lanka for reconstruction assistance since the tsunami; what recent changes have been made to the disbursement; and if he will make a statement. (220718)

During the period 2006-07, as part of our post-tsunami reconstruction, the Department for International Development (DFID) provided £2 million bilateral funds, supporting work on local economic governance and improving the management of recovery and reconstruction.

£1.5 million was allocated for the North East Provincial Council to empower communities and improve service delivery in the North East by strengthening local government capacity.

£0.5 million was allocated to the Asia Foundation to improve the overall business environment, contributing to improved welfare and political stability in multi-ethnic and tsunami-affected areas of the country.

DFID's bilateral development programme in Sri Lanka has now closed and our funding (£1.5 million per year) is now focussed through the Global Conflict Prevention Pool (GCCP) working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to support peace building activities in Sri Lanka.