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International Assistance

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps he has taken to assess the effectiveness of his Department’s international aid. (320058)

The Department for International Development (DFID) prioritises steps to ensure that all our aid is effective, whether delivered by DFID or through multilateral organisations.

For example we have recently conducted Portfolio Reviews in the Education and Health sectors which have shown that DFID is delivering excellent value. DFID’s bilateral aid to the education sector, delivered through Government systems, funds an estimated 5 million children through primary school. This aid is funding more children in developing countries than the number attending primary schools in the UK at just 2 per cent. of the cost. Similar reviews on Governance and Civil Society are currently under way.