Darfur: International Assistance

International Development written question – answered on 23rd June 2009.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Keith Simpson Keith Simpson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate is of the number of humanitarian aid organisations operating in Darfur; and what assessment he has made of their capacity to meet the needs of those who need their assistance.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas The Minister of State, Department for International Development, Party Chair, Co-operative Party

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) there are 83 international NGOs and UN agencies working in Darfur. 13 NGOs were expelled on 4 and 5 March 2009. The UK Government have repeatedly called on the Government of Sudan (GoS) to allow all expelled NGOs to return.

Following the NGO expulsions, a joint UN-GoS mission concluded that immediate needs were being met, due to quick action by line ministries, the remaining NGOs, and UN agencies. GoS has committed to filling medium-term gaps in life-saving sectors such as health and water and sanitation. Meanwhile, the UK is monitoring coverage and quality of delivery of partners to scale up activities.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.