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Lesotho: Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department has supported in Lesotho in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

The UK bilateral programme to Lesotho is approximately £5 million.

We have co-ordinated closely with the UN in Maseru in response to the current drought. DFID provided £500,000 through UNICEF to ensure people have access to clean water. We are also the largest donor to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which has allocated US $4.74 million to the humanitarian response.

The European Union's ninth European Development Framework (EDF 9) provided funds of €104 million to Lesotho between 2002 and 2007. DFID's imputed share of this is approximately 17 per cent. The key areas covered were: water and sanitation, road transport, macro-economic support and capacity building, HIV and AIDS, trade and regional integration.

The following table shows projects that DFID has supported in the last three years:

Name of programme Start to E nd dates Sector Funds (£000)
Lesotho Revenue Authority: Phase 1 March 2002 to March 2006 Governance 3,200
Lesotho Justice Sector Development Programme August 2003 to November 2007 Justice 2,100
Lesotho Textile Project February 2004 to February 2009 Trade 1,500
Lesotho Priority Support Programme: Job Creation/Food Security April 2004 to May 2009 Trade Food Security 1,900
Lesotho Poverty Reduction Strategy Foundation Programme September 2004 to November 2008 Governance Public Financial Management 5,000
Support to Civil Society
Donor Harmonisation
Poverty Monitoring
Lesotho Priority Support Programme: HIV&AIDS Programme November 2004 to May 2009 Health/HIV 1,800
Apparel Lesotho Alliance to Fight Aids January 2005 to March 2007 Health/HIV 300
Support to Vulnerable Rural Households in Lesotho (FAO) November 2005 to August 2006 Food Security 350
Lesotho Revenue Authority: Phase 2 September 2006 to March 2009 Governance 2,930
Potato Culture Project February 2007 to September 2008 Science and Technology 55
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (UNICEF) October 2007 to March 2008 Humanitarian 500

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