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Western Sahara: Overseas Aid

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the oral answer from the Prime Minister of 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 688, on Western Sahara, when the level of aid to the Western Sahara will be increased. (317847)

As set out by the Prime Minister on 13 January, the UK is doubling its aid to areas where there is a growth of ethnic violence. Over the last five years, the Department for International Development (DFID) has doubled aid to fragile and conflict-affected countries to £1.2 billion a year. The 2009 Development White Paper commits DFID to maintaining this momentum by allocating at least 50 per cent. of new bilateral country aid to fragile and conflict-affected countries.

DFID supports Western Sahara through its share of the budget if the European Community Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO). ECHO has provided €133 million in humanitarian aid to Western Sahara since it was established.