Stephen O'Brien (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, International Development; Eddisbury, Conservative)
The Department for International Development (DFID) provided £88 million of assistance to Zimbabwe in 2011-12. This supported a range of development programmes including health, education, infrastructure, water supplies, child protection and agriculture that directly benefit the poorest and most vulnerable Zimbabweans.
This assistance is delivered through trusted partners such as UNICEF, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and the African Development Bank; none of it passes through the Government of Zimbabwe.
By 2015, we plan to have created 125,000 new jobs, provided almost 1 million more people with access to clean water, helped 80,000 more children to complete five years of education and given over 700,000 more women access to family planning.