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Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Mark Oaten Mark Oaten Liberal Democrat, Winchester

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the merits of renewing direct aid provision to Zimbabwe.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander The Secretary of State for International Development

The UK Government are committed to supporting the people of Zimbabwe in the transition to stabilisation and recovery and have been at the forefront of efforts by the international community to support the needs of the Inclusive Government.

Our assistance is aligned to Government priorities but is not currently channelled through their financial systems. We have made it clear, in all our discussions with Ministers and officials from the Inclusive Government, that credible progress and demonstration of a commitment to reform will attract increasing support from donors and other international partners, potentially including direct aid provision. We look forward to working together towards establishing a longer-term development partnership which will address the deeper roots of Zimbabwe's problems.

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