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Afghanistan: International Assistance

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what systems are in place to co-ordinate all international aid efforts in Afghanistan. (246711)

The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) is mandated with coordinating the international development effort behind the Government of Afghanistan's (GoA) National Development Strategy (ANDS). The ANDS offers renewed opportunity to align and coordinate aid behind GoA priorities. DFID is supporting its implementation with a £2.7 million (2006-09) programme of assistance to support UNAMA and establish a coordination monitoring board.

In the long term, building capacity and using government systems is the most effective way for the GoA to coordinate funding with national priorities and to ensure value for money. DFID is therefore committed to spending at least 50 per cent. of our annual budget through government channels.