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Terrorism: Finance

Volume 489: debated on Friday 13 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1413W, on terrorism: finance, how much of the £300 million to be contributed by his Department to tackling terrorism and promoting understanding overseas for the period 2008-09 to 2010-11 is funding additional to previously allocated expenditure; (262402)

(2) how much of the £300 million his Department plans to spend on tackling terrorism and promoting understanding overseas will be spent (a) in each country and (b) on each type of project in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11;

(3) how he plans to assess the effectiveness of his Department's expenditure to tackle terrorism and promote understanding overseas.

Pursuant to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's answer of 3 March 2009 highlighting expenditure to tackle radicalisation and promote understanding overseas, £300 million represents the portion of the Department for International Development's (DFID) budget that will be spent on poverty reduction programmes that help to address the development-related causes of radicalisation.

The £300 million (over the period 2008-11) will be spent in Pakistan (£131 million), Bangladesh (£67 million), Somalia (£7 million), Kenya (£17 million), Sudan (£19 million), Yemen (£37 million), Afghanistan (£19 million), and Iraq (£1 million). These figures are subject to revision based on modifications to DFID's country assistance programmes.

The programmes in these countries will help to build Government institutions that are more efficient and accountable to their people, promote good governance and the rule of law, education reform and skills provision, access to equitable and affordable justice and police reform. These programmes will contribute to counter-radicalisation objectives by addressing the underlying social, political and economic grievances that can bring some communities to support violent extremism.