Overseas Aid

House of Lords written question – answered on 31 October 2011.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of British overseas aid reaches projects on the ground.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of British overseas aid reaches projects on the ground run by local people.

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many projects funded by the Department for International Development have been stopped over the past five years due to the discovery of corruption.

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

British aid is designed to benefit the poorest people in the world and make a real difference to their lives. The Department for International Development (DfID)'s projects database contains summaries of each project that is currently running or recently completed, including what the project aims to achieve and how much it costs. The database is available to the public and can be found at http://www.dfid.gov. uk/What-we-do/How-UK-aid-is-spent/Project-information. Publication is a key part of the Government's aid transparency guarantee, which aims to improve the effectiveness and value for money for aid by making information easier to access, use and understand. This means citizens in poor countries and UK taxpayers can more easily hold DfID and recipient Governments to account for using aid money wisely. Transparency also helps to reduce waste and the opportunities for fraud and corruption. The department's policy on fraud and corruption is one of zero tolerance.

DfID also publishes annual statistics-http://www.dfid. gov.uk/About-us/How-we-measure-progress/Aid-Statistics/-showing how UK financial resources for international development are spent. Expenditure is broken down by destination country or organisation, type of assistance, how this money is channelled and the sector in question.

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