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Africa

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:52 pm on 30th March 2009.

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Photo of Hilary Armstrong Hilary Armstrong Labour, North West Durham 4:52 pm, 30th March 2009

The hon. Gentleman knows that I always chunter. He talks about "African-led solutions", and we have to do a lot more on those, particularly in helping people in civil society to be active across the board. Perhaps he will join me in congratulating VSO Jitolee—the Kenyan independent Voluntary Services Overseas organisation—which is organising the work of internal volunteers. People from Kenya are volunteering to work not only all around Africa, but in Kenya itself, to go to different communities in order to build up greater knowledge and understanding of different tribes, and of the benefits of working together. That is the way in which Africa will be able to build its resilience against conflict, because such volunteering will make sure that the ordinary people make their difference, while the politicians continue to do nothing in countries such as Kenya.

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