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Maldives: Overseas Aid

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department provided to the Maldives in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08; how much it plans to provide in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (216345)

In 2005-06 Department for International Development (DFID) bilateral overseas development assistance (ODA) to the Maldives was £1 million. In 2005-06 the UK also provided £5.5 million to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Tsunami Recovery Programme. This included £5 million through the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The funds have supported four of UNDP’s five tsunami projects; shelter, livelihoods, disaster risk management and aid co-ordination.

Since 2005-06 DFID has not provided any bilateral overseas development assistance to the Maldives. However, DFID continues to provide support to the Maldives through its contribution to the European Community (EC). The amount of EC Aid provided by DFID to the Maldives in 2005 was £131,529, £915,020 in 2006, and £620,902 in 2007. There are no data available yet for 2008.