Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered on 26th February 2009.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government has provided to aid agencies to spend in Zimbabwe in each of the last 10 years.

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

The Department of International Development's programme in Zimbabwe has expanded steadily in the last 10 years as the humanitarian need in the country has grown as indicated in the following table:

DFID aid to Zimbabwe over 10 years
£ million
1998-99 16.6
1999-2000 14.1
2000-01 13.1
2001-02 17.0
2002-03 32.7
2003-04 36.0
2004-05 27.4
2005-06 35.4
2006-07 34.1
2007-08 43.3

Since 2002, all DFID programme money has been delivered through the UN and other aid agencies—none of it has passed through the Government of Zimbabwe. This year the Department will spend £49 million on ongoing programmes to meet the essential needs of ordinary Zimbabweans and to address the dire humanitarian situation.

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