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Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to increase the assistance it provides to (a) disarmament, (b) demobilisation, (c) repatriation, (d) reintegration and (e) rehabilitation programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (258689)

The UK Government are firmly committed to assisting disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reintegration and rehabilitation programmes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We have provided $35 million (around £19 million) to the World Bank-led seven year multi-country demobilisation and reintegration programme (MDRP). The MDRP has invested more than $200 million in the first phase of demobilisation and reintegration in the DRC. The UK Government have also recently granted an additional £1 million to the World Bank emergency trust fund focusing on reintegration of combatants, including children associated with armed forces, in Eastern Congo, and an additional $450,000 to the UN mission in DRC (MONUC) to support the repatriation of Rwandese combatants to their country of origin.