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Western Sahara: Overseas Aid

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what development assistance his Department is providing for Sahrawi refugees and internally displaced people in Western Sahara; and whether such assistance is channelled through the Government of (a) Morocco and (b) Algeria. (281201)

The Department for International Development (DFID) supports Sahrawi refugees through its 17 per cent. share of the budget of the European Community Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and its £19 million core contributions to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for its work with refugees across the world. In 2008, ECHO committed to provide €10 million to support Sahrawi refugees, while UNHCR spent $3.1 million in their support.

DFID does not provide any bilateral aid to the Government of Morocco or Algeria.