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Aid Conditionality

International Development written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken to reduce the conditionality of overseas aid; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn The Secretary of State for International Development

The UK Conditionality Policy which I launched in March this year aims to reduce the overall burden of conditionality on developing countries. UK aid will be subject to only three fundamental conditions, which ensure that aid is used to reduce poverty, is not misused through corruption and supports good governance and human rights. We will no longer make UK aid conditional on specific policy choices by partner governments—including in sensitive economic areas such as privatisation or trade liberalisation.

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