House of Lords written question – answered at on 28 June 2010.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much aid was given to Bolivia in the past five years; and why such aid was given.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

Details of total UK development spending in Bolivia are published annually in Statistics on International Development, which is available in the House Library and on the Department for International Development's (DfID's) website at:

Figures for 2005-06 to 2008-09 are reproduced in the table below. Figures for 2009-10 will be published later this year.

Financial Year Amount (£)
2005-06 3,103,179
2006-07 3,610,375
2007-08 487.287
2008-09 1,283,367

This aid is concentrated on reducing poverty and inequality in line with the international community's commitment to help achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs) by 2015. Specific focus areas included helping the poorest and most excluded participate in and benefit from economic growth and good governance.

The Government have commissioned a review of the DfID Bilateral Aid Programme to ensure that we target UK aid where it is needed most and will make the most significant impact on poverty reduction. The review will consider which countries should receive British aid, how much they should receive and which countries should stop receiving British aid. Any savings generated will be redirected to more effective programmes in other poor countries.

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