Afghanistan

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander The Secretary of State for International Development 11:30 am, 16th July 2008

The foundation on which the discussion took place in Paris was the Afghan national development strategy, which provides a framework within which aid can be disbursed. That is why the conversations that I held with Kai Eide were so important. They were an opportunity to impress on him the urgency and importance that the Government attach to more effective international co-ordination. I have of course seen the reports to which the hon. Gentleman refers. It is therefore worth reminding the House that 80 per cent. of our development support to Afghanistan is provided through the Government of Afghanistan. One of the principal criticisms was that a significant proportion of aid from other countries was being spent outside the country and outside Government of Afghanistan mechanisms. Approximately 90 per cent. of UK Government aid is being spent in-country, so we start from a strong place in both conversations with our other international partners—for example, the conversations that I have been having with Henrietta Fore, the head of the United States Agency for International Development—and conversations with Kai Eide, whose job, on behalf of the Secretary-General, is to try to achieve better co-ordination.

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Fenton Robb
Posted on 17 Jul 2008 11:21 am (Report this annotation)

No substance - did not answer the question - just waffled!
Careless, contemptuous or inept - who can say?