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Sudan: Overseas Aid

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government plans to spend on basic services for the population in the Nuba Mountains following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan; and how much of this has been spent to date. (225882)

Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement on 9 January 2005, the Department for International Development (DFID) has allocated approximately £26.7 million to improve basic services in North Sudan (which includes the Nuba Mountains). Of the £26.1 million allocated through the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF), all was disbursed. Based on figures available at 31 December 2007, approximately 18 per cent. of the total MDTF funding in the north was spent in South Kordofan.

In addition, since the inception of the Common Humanitarian Fund in 2006, DFID has provided £7.4 million ($13 million) for humanitarian and early recovery activities in Southern Kordofan.

Funding for South Kordofan includes the Nuba Mountains and other impoverished areas. Funding for the contested and politically sensitive area of Abyei is separate to this.