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Afghanistan: Reconstruction

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 9 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the Government of Afghanistan regarding their national priority programme for reconstruction. [HL992]

The Department for International Development (DfID) puts around 70 per cent of its budget for Afghanistan through the national budget and national priority programmes. This helps the Afghan Government lead the reconstruction effort, co-ordinate development assistance and to be accountable to the Afghan people.

DfID is a major contributor to three national priority programmes of the Government of Afghanistan. These are the National Solidarity Programme (NSP), the National Rural Access Programme (NRAP), and the Micro-finance Investment Support Facility of Afghanistan (MISFA). In total DfID has committed £55 million to these programmes through the investment window of the Afghan Reconstruction Trust Fund. In addition DfID is contributing £30 million over three years to the reconstruction of Helmand province, through the expansion of Afghan national programmes in the province.

DfID has a significant interest in the management and implementation of these national programmes. Formal representations are made through the ARTF management board. In addition there is regular dialogue with the line ministry responsible and the national co-ordinators for each programme on issues such as funding, progress, expansion and impact and financial management.