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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has budgeted for aid to Afghanistan in 2009-10; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's provision of aid to Afghanistan in the last 12 months against its objectives. (294773)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has budgeted £127.5 million for Afghanistan in 2009-10. This forms part of a £510 million commitment for 2009-13.

DFID's latest Afghanistan Country Programme Evaluation was published in May 2009 and is available on the DFID website:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Where-we-work/Asia-South/Afghanistan/

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on the delivery of the Government’s humanitarian aid to Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. (295426)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is in regular consultation with development agencies, donors and others on the delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. These include the Government of Afghanistan, the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN World Food Programme (UN-WFP) and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA).

DFID monitors closely the effectiveness of the delivery of humanitarian aid through assessments made by agencies who deliver aid on the ground such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and UN-WFP.