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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects his Department (a) funds and (b) provides other assistance to (i) directly and (ii) indirectly in Afghanistan; how much funding his Department is providing for such projects; and with which organisations his Department works on these projects. (225939)

I have placed a list in the Library of all the bilateral projects that the Department for International Development (DFID) funded in Afghanistan in 2007-08. The DFID imputed share of multilateral Official Development Assistance in Afghanistan in 2006-07 (the latest year for which we have data) was £41.7 million.

DFID works with a range of organisations to deliver its programme of aid in Afghanistan, including multilateral organisations, civil society organisations, the government of Afghanistan, other bilateral donors and the private sector.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government is contributing financially to the Afghanistan National Development Strategy in 2008-09; and what involvement the Government has in the formation and implementation of the strategy. (225941)

The production of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), which was published in July 2008, was led by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) in consultation with donors, including the Department for International Development (DFID). All of DFID's expenditure is in line with the ANDS. We expect to spend £123 million in 2008-09. DFID alongside other donors helped finance the production of the strategy. DFID is also helping support the GoIRA to put in place effective arrangements for overall management of the ANDS as well as the development of new national programmes in key sectors.