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Sierra Leone: Overseas Aid

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will increase the support provided by his Department for the development of democratic institutions and politicians in Sierra Leone; and if he will make a statement. (283854)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is committed to supporting further the development of democratic institutions and politicians in Sierra Leone.

To this end DFID has, for example, recently begun work to design a project of support to the 2012 elections in Sierra Leone, involving Sierra Leone’s electoral management bodies, potential parliamentary candidates and civil society.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-governmental organisations (NGOs) receive support from his Department (a) directly and (b) indirectly via the (i) EU and (ii) the United Nations for work in Sierra Leone; what support each such organisation received in (A) cash and (B) kind in 2008-09; for how long each such organisation has been supported by his Department; what projects in Sierra Leone have been supported by such NGOs with funds from his Department; what steps his Department takes to monitor effectiveness of such spending; and if he will make a statement. (283862)

The Department for International Development’s support for NGO’s in Sierra Leone is set out in the following table. This provides information about the amount of assistance received in 2008-09; the projects funded; and the duration of the projects. DFID has supported NGOs for work in Sierra Leone since the end of the conflict in 2002. DFID has not funded the EU or UN to work with NGOs in Sierra Leone from its bilateral budget.

DFID monitors closely and actively the effectiveness of all its spending, including that of support to NGOs. DFID staff based in Sierra Leone are in regular contact with project partners, and NGOs and others responsible for project implementation are required to submit regular reports on progress. It is a requirement to hold detailed annual reviews of each project.

NGOs receiving support from the Department for International Development for work in Sierra Leone

NGO

Project, value and duration

Christian Aid

£30,000 in 2008-09 for Public Financial Management (PFM) design phase (ensure greater inclusiveness in the budget process, increase access to information, and improved responsiveness geared towards achieving gender-sensitive and pro-poor budgets and programmes) (Jan-June 2009). £50,000 in 2008-09 for Power to the People (five-year project, making governance work for marginalised groups).

Plan International

£1.6 million in 2008-09 through the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme, to implement a community-led total sanitation project in Port Loko (2007-12).

International Rescue Committee

£100,000 in 2008-09 to support implementation of the Gender Acts with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs (2008-10).

Student Partnership Worldwide (SPW)

£157,116 in 2008-9 as part of Education on Youth Reproductive Health and Life Skills project (2008-12).

Conciliation Resources (CR)

£50,000 in 2008-09 for increasing government accountability in conflict zones through public participation in policymaking (five-year project). £100,871 in 2008-9 for Community Peace and Empowerment in Southern Sierra Leone (2005-10)

Partnership For Transparency Fund

£16,000 in 2008-09 for a Citizens Against Corruption project (five-year project).

BBC World Service Trust

£125,000 in 2008-09 for A National Conversation: Promoting Accountability, Transparency and Participation through partnership with Public Broadcasters in Africa (five-year project)

Tiri

£51,000 in 2008-09 for ‘Pro Poor Integrity! Civil Society Engagement to Make Governance and Transparency Work for Poor and Vulnerable Communities’ (five-year project)

Amnesty International

£39,000 in 2008-09 for Sierra Leone as part of an Africa Rights Education Programme (four-year project).

Search For Common Ground (SFCG)

£30,000 in 2008-09 as one of the partners of the £3 million PIVOT programme (to promote transparency on elections) (2006-08). £16,000 in 2008-09 for support to messages on Maternal Mortality for International Women's Day (2008). £56,500 in 2008-09 for a media programme to strengthen good governance and transparency (three-year project).

Education Action International (EAI)

£148,180 in 2008-09 for ‘Children's Rights to Inclusive and Effective education in Northern Province’' (2005-10).

Apt Enterprise Development

£111,387 in 2008-09 for ‘Building the Capacity of Disadvantaged People in Sierra Leone to access their Livelihoods’ (2006-10).

Village Aid

£99,915 in 2008-09 for ‘Literacy and Livelihoods to Empower Young People and their Organisations in Sierra Leone’ (2006-10).

Trades Union Congress (TUC)

£122,747 in 2008-09 for ‘Rebuilding Trade Union Capacity in Sierra Leone’ (2007-10).

Help The Hospices

£75,775 in 2008-09: Health Development Project (2008-13).

National Democratic Institute

£40,410 in 2008-9 as one of the partners of the £3 million PIVOT programme (to promote transparency on elections) (2006-08).

Westminster Foundation For Democracy

One of the partners of the £3 million PIVOT programme (to promote transparency on elections) (2006-08).

Foundation Hirondelle

£395,915 in 2008-09 as one of the partners of the £3 million PIVOT programme (to promote transparency on elections) (2006-08).

Goal

£21,351 in 2008-09 under the Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) programme to reduce the incidence and impact of water-borne diseases in disadvantaged urban areas of Freetown. (six months in 2008).

World Vision

Leads a consortium with CARE and ActionAid funded by DFID's Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE) to sensitise communities in security issues: 2008-12, value of project £1.6 million.

Care

£1 million in 2008-09 to manage the ‘Enhancing the interface between Civil Society and the State (ENCISS)’ programme (2004-12). £589,000 in 2008-09 for consortium of NGOs led by CARE to support implementation of the Government's Reproductive and Child Health programme in 5 districts (2006-09). Working on a Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE)-funded security project led by World Vision (see above).

Action Aid

£13,000 in 2008-09 as part of Poverty Reduction Budget Support (PRBS) monitoring to carry out a check of information on school and medical supplies being posted on public notice boards (2008). Working on a Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE)-funded security project led by World Vision (see above).

Oxfam

£102,072 in 2008-09 as one of the partners of the £3 million PIVOT programme (to promote transparency on elections): project ran 2006-08. Working on a Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE)-funded security project led by World Vision (see above).