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Somalia: Overseas Aid

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role the Government has played in the training of the police force in Somalia; what funding has been provided from his Department; and if he will make a statement. (243947)

The UK, together with other European donors, has provided support to the United Nations Development Programme's Rule of Law and Security (ROLS) programme, which was designed to help improve safety and security for people in Somalia and promote better access to justice. The UK's support to the UNDP Rule of Law and Security Programme finished as scheduled in August 2008.

The Department for International Development (DFID) committed $3,872,108 (£2,590,827) between January and July 2008 to the law enforcement part of the ROLS programme. This has included support for civilian Police Advisory Committees in Mogadishu, the refurbishment of a police training centre in Somaliland and the training of police station commanders. It also includes the training of police, including in human rights issues, in training centres reconstructed by the international community. Police training is one aspect of the wider programme and DFID does not specify a level of expenditure for this activity.