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Horn of Africa: Overseas Aid

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for changes in the level of UK aid to the Horn of Africa region. (243409)

We are planning to increase our level of bilateral aid to Ethiopia, from the current allocation of £130 million (2008-09), to £150 million in 2009-10, then to £175 million in 2010-11.

Our level of bilateral aid for Somalia and Eritrea will remain unchanged over the same period, at £21 million (Somalia) and £2.1 million (Eritrea) per year.

We have no bilateral programme in Djibouti.

These allocations will cover normal humanitarian requirements, though in the event of a crisis we would consider making further funds available (including to Djibouti).