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Kenya: Politics and Government

Volume 495: debated on Friday 3 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) funding and (b) other assistance his Department has provided to support the National Accord in Kenya in the last 12 months. (283273)

The UK continues to support the implementation of the agenda 4 items set out in the National Accord, including on constitutional, judicial, police and electoral reform and the issue of impunity.

The UK is the leading donor to the Annan process, which supported the Kriegler and Waki Commissions, on which the reform process and the National Accord is based. We have provided £1.4 million in total support (£200,000 in 2007-08 and £1.2 million in 2008-09). We have provided additional support to civil society organisations to assist communities to reconcile and engage in the peace process. In the past two financial years, civil society support amounted to £1.2 million.

This financial year the UK has funded the provision of technical expertise to the police reform group, which was created following the recommendations of Justice Waki’s Commission into the post-election violence.

All support has been managed jointly by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, through the Africa Conflict Prevention Programme (ACPP).

We continue to urge Kenya’s leaders to work together to ensure that the key reforms needed in Kenya are made. We will continue to offer our full support to Kofi Annan and his leadership role in the reform process.