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Kenya: Internally Displaced Persons

Volume 485: debated on Monday 8 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid he has given to Kenya to assist the resettlement of individuals displaced internally in that country since the elections in 2007. (241328)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is not committing funds directly to the resettlement of internally displaced people in Kenya.

Resettlement is complex and should be handled with care, in line with international guidelines. To address the problems of those internally displaced and prevent future dislocations, the underlying issues of economic and ethnic inequality, land distribution and the culture of impunity in relation to political violence need to be tackled.

DFID is working with the international community and the Government of Kenya to address these underlying issues. This includes the implementation of key activities agreed in the Peace Accord brokered by Kofi Annan, to which DFID is the main donor. DFID has also provided £1.5 million to date in support of the national land reform programme, including the development of a new land policy. In addition, DFID committed £2.5 million in humanitarian assistance to Kenya for those displaced by the crisis.