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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to the public purse has been of the Afghan Social Outreach programme; and how its performance is assessed. (246708)

I have been asked to reply.

The UK has agreed to provide $590,000 to fund the roll-out of the Afghan Social Outreach Programme pilots in the Helmand province districts of Nad-e-ali, Garmsir, Gereshk and Musa Qaleh until 31 March 2009. The programme will be monitored throughout its implementation and will be regularly evaluated including immediately after the completion of each phase of the roll-out. We will carry out monitoring and evaluation in conjunction with the government of Afghanistan, other international donors, the Afghan Independent Directorate of Local Governance, and local Provincial and District councils.