To ask the Secretary of State for International Development
(2) what discussions he has had with the Government of Indonesia on investment in health and education in West Papua; and what recent discussions he has had on the allocation of international humanitarian and development aid to support the people of West Papua.
Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest growing emerging economies. In April 2011, the Department for International Development (DFID) agreed with the Government of Indonesia to focus future UK aid for Indonesia on issues related to climate change. The UK bilateral aid programme to Indonesia is planned to end in 2015.
DFID’s climate change programme in Indonesia will have a particular focus on Papua, helping to reduce deforestation and promoting low carbon jobs and growth. We believe that working to reduce deforestation is the most effective way in which we can help to improve the lives of poor people in Indonesia in the long term. DFID officials meet regularly with counterparts in Papua, Jakarta and London to ensure that our programmes will deliver tangible benefits for the population of the province.