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Central African Republic: Overseas Aid

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department plans to offer to the new government of national unity in the Central African Republic. (256846)

The UK welcomed the formation of a unity government in the Central African Republic (CAR) on 19 January 2009, following the outcome of the Inclusive Political Dialogue.

The UN Peace Building Commission will now assist national authorities in driving forward core peace building priorities, and ensuring that international attention remains focused. Linked to this, the Peace Building Fund—to which the UK is the largest contributor with £30 million over three years—is providing funding for projects in the areas of security sector reform, (including disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration), rule of law and good governance.

Alongside multinational efforts to support the new government and increase development in CAR, the UK is providing more than £2.2 million to support humanitarian activities in 2008-09. This money is being spent on bringing clean water, sanitation facilities, food, farming equipment and basic medicines and health care to those most in need, as well as providing protection to civilians affected by armed conflict.