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Somalia: Overseas Aid

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the Answer of 19 November 2008, Official Report, column 655W, on Gulf of Aden: piracy, if he will provide a breakdown of the £25 million allocated by his Department to support efforts to tackle the instability in Somalia which creates the conditions allowing piratical activity to flourish. (240674)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has allocated £30 million to Somalia this financial year to address poverty and humanitarian needs which underlie the instability in Somalia. The £25 million referred to by the Foreign Secretary has since been supplemented.

So far this financial year DFID Somalia has disbursed its allocation as follows:

£2,792,000 on governance, including support for the successful completion of voter registration in three districts to date in preparation for the 2009 Somaliland presidential elections;

£1,568,000 on education, including helping to increase enrolment in Somaliland from 40,000 to 70,000 through the distribution of school textbooks and the provision of alternative education programmes;

£1,235,000 on health, including combating malaria in Somaliland through the distribution of 120,000 bed nets, and improving health care in Gedo region of South Central Somalia through the rehabilitation of three district hospitals;

£1,021,000 on livelihoods, including training of 180 female entrepreneurs;

£10,098,000 on humanitarian assistance, including food support to the equivalent of 83,000 individuals over the last four years.

A further £500,000 from the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool has been spent in helping the parties implementing the Djibouti Peace Agreement.