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Somaliland: Aid

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 17 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their budget for aid to Somaliland in each of the years covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review; and how these amounts will be allocated. [HL2156]

DfID has a single programme for Somalia and Somaliland. We estimate that 30 to 40 per cent of this allocation benefits Somaliland. For the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) period 2005-08 our programme framework rose from £12 million in 2005-06 (increased to £18.75 million in response to severe drought in the Horn of Africa), to £15 million in 2006-07, and will rise further to £21 million in 2007-08. Our assistance to Somaliland will continue to increase as the overall programme framework increases.

The 2008-11 CSR figures have not yet been decided. We estimate that once again around 30 to 40 per cent of this allocation will benefit Somaliland. Our support to Somaliland will continue to include assistance to education, the rule of law, government capacity building and community grants (all primarily channelled through UN agencies), plus continuing humanitarian assistance through international NGOs and other agencies as needed.