Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered on 22nd February 2008.

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Photo of Chris McCafferty Chris McCafferty Labour, Calder Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to what extent (a) national parliaments and (b) sexual and reproductive health and rights organisations will be involved in the preparation of (i) the European Commission millennium development goal (MDG) contract proposals, (ii) the development of MDG contracts and (iii) the monitoring of results.

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 European Commission has been developing its proposals for a millennium development goal (MDG) contract for some time. We are not aware of any specific engagement, to date, with national parliaments or sexual and reproductive health and rights organisations.

The Commission's guidelines on Global Budget Support encourage delegations to consult with groups such as NGOs, professional associations and trade unions over the design of budget support programmes. The guidelines recommend that monitoring should be used to promote ownership and accountability, and that key stakeholders—including parliaments, local governments and non-state actors—should participate at key moments in performance reviews.

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