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Sudan: Overseas Aid

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what aid he is providing to support the process of capacity-building in the build-up to the elections in Sudan as part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement; (248170)

(2) what assistance his Department is providing to capacity-building projects established in preparation for elections in Sudan in 2009.

The UK Government are working with the international community and Sudanese counterparts to ensure that an acceptable and peaceful process of elections takes place within the Comprehensive Peace Agreement timeline. Capacity building of key institutions and groups is central to this.

DFID is providing grants of over £1.13 million to media and civil society capacity building programmes in 2008 and 2009. In addition, DFID contributed £1.5 million to the UNDP-managed fund for preparatory support to the elections.

The UK has also provided support to a Swedish-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance project to build the capacity of political parties, including £550,000 from the British embassy in first phase (2006-08) and £1 million from DFID has been allocated to the next phase.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will assess the effectiveness of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan with reference to the support provided by donor nations. (248171)

The core body mandated to assess CPA implementation is the Assessment and Evaluation Commission (AEC). The UK was instrumental in the appointment of Sir Derek Plumbly as its Chair and participates in the Security, Wealth-Sharing, Power-Sharing and the Transitional Areas sub-committees.

Assessment of the effectiveness of the CPA is an ongoing process. The AEC Plenary meets monthly and brings together representatives of the two parties to the CPA. In July 2008, the AEC conducted a mid-term assessment of CPA implementation. This report is a public document and is available on request.

The Multi Donor Trust Funds (MDTFs) (National and South), set up under the auspices of the CPA, are the primary mechanisms for donors to support the reconstruction and development of war-affected regions in Sudan. Both funds are managed by the World Bank, and monitored by an independent agent.