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Afghanistan: Funding

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What oversight, influence or control they have of the use made of moneys provided by them to the Government of Afghanistan.[HL7334]

Over 50 per cent of UK development assistance has been channelled through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), a pooled fund managed by the World Bank. The ARTF has inbuilt safeguards against the risk of corruption: it reimburses money only when there is a paper trail to demonstrate it has been spent in accordance with strict controls. A full-time external oversight agent monitors these claims. We also channel aid through projects to build government capacity, and we apply rigorous compliance checks on how these are managed in line with DfID best practice, applying strict procurement guidelines and undertaking rigorous monitoring.