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Fragile States: Politics and Government

International Development written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take to strengthen governance and security in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

Capable and legitimate governance institutions are critical for ending cycles of violence and instability in fragile and conflict-affected states. Following last year's bilateral aid review, the coalition Government are committed to strengthening governance and security in all 21 fragile and conflict-affected states where we work. The Government will spend approximately 16% of their bilateral programme on governance and security-related activities over the next four years. This includes programmes to:

(a) Support elections, parliaments and democratic governance;

(b) Empower citizens to take control of their own affairs and hold governments to account;

(c) Improve security and justice for poor people, and reduce violence against women;

(d) Build the capacity of national and local level governments to deliver health, education and other key services;

(e) Promote effective and sustainable tax systems which strengthen accountability and facilitate the exit from aid.

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