Overseas Aid: Politics and Government

International Development written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Fraser Kemp Fraser Kemp Labour, Houghton and Washington East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on projects promoting democracy in developing countries in each of the last five years.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) provides funding to promote democracy through civil society, the justice sector, elections, Parliaments, as well as related activities to improve the accountability of Government officials to citizens more generally. DFID does not measure expenditure on democracy projects specifically.

Most, but not all, of the expenditure on democracy comes under the category of 'governance'. Last year we published a report detailing DFID's work on governance titled "Governance, Development and Democratic Politics".

As follows is a table showing expenditure on governance for the last five years.

DFID bilateral expenditure, 2002-03 to 2006-07
£ million
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Overall governance spending 184.3 250.8 256.6 341.9 322.6
Of which:
Elections 4.3 13.1 13.6 16.7 13.8
Of which:
Public Reform and Good Governance 27.9 81.9 80.4 101.8 99.1
Strengthening Civil Society 86.3 96.0 105.1 123.1 143.6

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