Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered at on 22 March 2010.

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Photo of Eddie McGrady Eddie McGrady Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to seek to improve the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka.

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

Since September 2008, the Department for International Development (DFID) has allocated £12.5 million to the humanitarian response in Sri Lanka. Recently, we have funded impartial agencies such as the International Organisation for Migration to support the safe transportation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) returning from the camps to their areas of origin and United Nations operations to provide transitional shelter.

DFID has a full-time humanitarian adviser based at the British high commission in Colombo. Our adviser remains in regular contact with the Government of Sri Lanka, UN Country Team, International Committee of the Red Cross, NGOs and humanitarian donors in order to bring about an improvement in both the humanitarian situation and international response. For more information on DFlD's humanitarian response please see:

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