Sudan: Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered on 6th November 2008.

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Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that a higher percentage of aid pledged by donors is delivered in Sudan.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

In 2005 the international community pledged $4.5 billion for Sudan and over the period 2005 to 2007 actually delivered $5.3 billion. A further $4.8 billion has been pledged for the period 2008-12.

While the percentage of pledges delivered is excellent, the problem has been delivering on the commitment to shift funding from a humanitarian to a recovery and development focus. The Department has taken a leading role influencing existing funding mechanisms or supporting the establishment of new mechanisms which allow more donor money to be spent on recovery and development activities. These mechanisms include the Basic Services Fund and the Sudan Recovery Fund, which accept funds from multiple donors.

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