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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of his Department's aid programme for Afghanistan is planned to be channelled through (a) the Afghan national government, (b) Afghan regional governments, (c) Afghan non-governmental organisations, (d) international non-governmental organisations and (e) provincial reconstruction teams in 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. (278643)

The approximate planned allocations for 2009-10 are 59 per cent. through the Afghan National Government; 8 per cent. through Afghan non-governmental organisations; 24 per cent. through international non-governmental organisations; and 7 per cent. through the provincial reconstruction teams. The Department for International Development (DFID) does not pass funding directly through provincial governments.

Most of our development assistance provided to the Afghan National Government goes through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), which is managed by the World Bank. Its systems are audited by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The ARTF reimburses the Afghan Government only upon proof of legitimate expenditure.