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Global Economic Downturn

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

13. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the global economic downturn on the conditionality of international development aid; and if he will make a statement. (255798)

We have no plans to change the UK’s conditionality policy. We assess whether partner governments show commitment to tackling poverty, upholding human rights and managing public money wisely. We may, and do, interrupt or stop aid if these commitments are breached.

The International Monetary Fund’s emergency support to the economic crisis is being provided either unconditionally or with conditions limited to actions essential for ensuring stability.

The World Bank also provides increased lending when other sources of finance are constrained. All its programmes conform to its 2005 Good Practice Principles on Conditionality, which is regularly monitored.