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Overseas Aid: Indonesia

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken in respect of aid and assistance to those working in the rubber trade in Indonesia. (282282)

Between February and March this year, the Department for International Development (DFID) funded work in Indonesia which produced first hand, up to date information on how the global economic crisis was affecting small-scale rubber producers. That work helped to inform the Indonesian Government’s understanding of which sectors of the economy and which communities are most vulnerable to the current economic shock.

DFID programmes in Indonesia do not specifically target those working in the rubber trade. But earlier this year DFID provided an additional £4 million in support for the Indonesian Government’s main national social protection scheme, which aims to provide assistance to households facing increased hardship because of the global economic downturn.