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Humanitarian Aid

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 991-92W, on humanitarian aid, what measures are in place to ensure his Department adheres to the 23 principles of good humanitarian donorship in (a) Bangladesh, (b) Nigeria and (c) Sierra Leone. (228690)

The principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) are a central pillar of the Department for International Development's (DFID) Humanitarian Policy. Guidelines such as DFID's Humanitarian Funding Guidelines for NGOs also ensure that the GHD principles inform our funding decisions.

In Bangladesh, DFID is actively involved in:

(a) disaster preparedness and management (GHD principle 8);

(b) funding of relief operations as needed, channelling through UN nationally and NGOs (guided by DFID's humanitarian policy); and

(c) early recovery and assessments on reconstruction/rehabilitation (GHD principle 9).

In Nigeria and Sierra Leone, DFID does not currently provide humanitarian aid. In both cases DFID, through its development programme, works closely with partners including the UN, other donors and partner Governments to reduce the risk of disaster, to prevent the re-emergence of conflict, and to foster a greater adherence to all aid effectiveness principles.