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Haiti: Overseas Aid

Volume 504: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid the Government have provided to Haiti in each year since 1997; for what purposes; and with which non-governmental organisations his Department has worked in Haiti over this period. (312692)

The Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) aid expenditure is published annually in “Statistics on International Development”, which is available in the House Library and at:

www.dfid.gov.uk

The relevant figures for Haiti are reproduced in the following table.

£

UK Financial year

Total UK bilateral aid

Total UK imputed multilateral aid

1997-98

124,788

2,201,626

1998-99

59,225

2,015,828

1999-2000

16,209

7,837,425

2000-01

60,562

681,563

2001-02

130,395

3,787,737

2002-03

125,165

29,929,110

2003-04

129,747

5,065,698

2004-05

2,027,103

7,139,048

2005-06

1,282,616

19,790,351

2006-07

446,153

7,859,963

2007-08

0

14,377,519

2008-09

823,599

1

2009-10

2735,000

1

1 Not yet available.

2 These figures are provisional and only include spend up to 12 January 2010.

In addition to these annual figures the UK has pledged £20 million in emergency assistance since the earthquake of 12 January 2010.

The majority of the UK's support to Haiti has been through multilateral channels, such as the United Nations (UN) agencies, the European Commission (EC) and World Bank. DFID does not have a regular bilateral programme for medium and long term development in Haiti. However bilateral aid has been provided for humanitarian purposes and debt relief.

Since 1997 DFID has supported work in Haiti by the following non-governmental organisations: Fonkoze, Oxfam, Handicap International, Action against Hunger, ActionAid, Catholic Aid for Overseas Development (CAFOD), CARE International, Christian Aid, Ethical Training Initiative, HelpAge International, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Panos, Progressio and Transparency International.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much emergency aid has been provided to Haiti by the EU since the recent earthquake; and what discussions he has had at EU level on provision of aid. (312693)

On 18 January I attended a meeting of EU Ministers responsible for development and humanitarian aid in Brussels to discuss the support that the EU would provide to Haiti in the short, medium and long term. At the meeting, the European Commission pledged €30 million for emergency assistance, along with €100 million for early rehabilitation. It was also indicated that some €200 million more will be available for longer term reconstruction. These contributions are in addition to the €92 million pledged by individual EU countries at the same meeting.

Since the earthquake struck on 12 January, the Secretary of State for International Development has been in regular contact with the European Union High Representative Cathy Ashton, together with other European Ministers.