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Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to monitor whether aid recently allocated by his Department to Zimbabwe reaches its intended recipients. (285369)

All UK bilateral assistance to Zimbabwe is provided through trusted partners, mainly the United Nations and non-governmental organisations who have robust monitoring and financial accounting systems to ensure aid reaches its intended recipients. In addition, we review all our contributions regularly to ensure our funds meet the objectives for which they were intended. This is done through quarterly reporting and annual reviews in addition to field visits.

We do not pass funds directly to the Government of Zimbabwe or through the government financial management system, nor do we make payments to partners through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.