House of Lords written question – answered on 15 November 2010.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made a decision regarding the ceasing of aid to Bolivia.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The Department for International Development (DfID) does not have a bilateral development programme with the Government of Bolivia. DfID's office in Bolivia (covering the Andean region) closed in September 2008. In 2008, DfID adopted a twin-pronged strategy of supporting civil society organisations (CSOs), alongside core contributions to multilateral agencies such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and European Commission, to assist poor people in Bolivia.

DfID is undertaking a review of its multilateral and bilateral aid programmes. The two reviews aim to ensure that UK aid is focused on areas where it can have maximum impact. The reviews will be completed in early 2011.

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