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Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding the Government have provided (a) as aid and (b) for reconstruction in Afghanistan in each year since 2007. (304450)

Most Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Afghanistan is managed by the Department for International Development (DFID) and used to support the Afghan Government to deliver essential services such as health and education, promote economic growth, address the humanitarian situation, and undertake large infrastructure projects in Helmand province. DFID's budget was £108.9 million in 2007-08, £143 million in 2008-09, and £127.5 million in 2009-10.

In addition, a proportion of DFID's contributions to multilateral organisations were spent in Afghanistan. £33.1 million was spent this way in 2007-8. Figures for later years are not yet available.

DFID, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence(MOD) also have access to the Stabilisation Aid Fund (SAF), which seeks to promote political settlement and undertake reconstruction after conflict, particularly in Helmand province. The SAF budget was £28.4 million in 2007-08, £53 million in 2008-09, and £68 million this year.

Details of Gross Public Expenditure on development are published in “Statistics on International Development” and available online at