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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's humanitarian aid to Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (282682)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has worked with partners such as the World Food Programme (WFP) to respond quickly to the changing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Since January 2008, DFID has committed £22.5 million to support those worst affected by high food prices and drought. £17 million of our support was channelled through emergency appeals led by the WFP. These funds helped reach 8.7 million vulnerable people.

The 2009 Humanitarian Action Plan for Afghanistan was launched on 3 February 2009. Led by the United Nations, it represents a major step towards a coherent and prioritised strategy to alleviate the pressing humanitarian needs of the Afghan people. The plan will help guide DFID's response to future humanitarian appeals. It is available on the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs website: