Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Claire Curtis-Thomas Claire Curtis-Thomas Labour, Crosby

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what factors are taken into account in his Department's risk management policy on distribution of aid.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

Much of the Department for International Development's (DFID) work is in high risk environments. Staff must be safeguarded, financial control maintained and our development activities must reduce poverty. DFID's systems are designed to provide a high and consistent level of management everywhere, including in difficult environments. DFID tackles three types of risks:

Risks to DFID staff and resources;

Risks to the delivery of international development

Risks faced by poor people throughout the world

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