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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has given to Sangin district, Helmand province in each of the last five years. (295177)

The Department for International Development (DFID) works as part of the cross-HMG and multi-national Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Helmand. Sangin benefits from a range of funding sources, both direct and indirect, and through national and regional programmes, so it is not possible to specify the exact amount spent in the district.

DFID has contributed indirectly to Sangin by providing the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) with over £26.5 million since 2003. Two community-selected projects in Sangin worth almost £650,000 are currently nearing completion under MRRD oversight. Sangin has also benefited from the Helmand wheat seed programme. Last year, DFID and the cross-Government Stabilisation Aid Fund (SAF) each contributed £2 million to distribute wheat to 32,000 farmers across Helmand, including 2,000 in Sangin. This year, DFID and the SAF will each contribute £5 million to reach almost 40,000 farmers, including 2,200 in Sangin. SAF funding for stabilisation activities in Sangin last year totalled £1.3 million.