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South Sudan

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of South Sudan's Parliament having voted to suspend at least 75 Government officials for alleged theft of at least £2.6 billion, whether they are investigating whether any United Kingdom funding may have been misappropriated as part of this sum.

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

The UK does not directly channel any money through the Government in South Sudan. In South Sudan we route funds through non-governmental organisations, private sector firms and multilateral agencies that have robust financial management systems. We have not seen any evidence to suggest that UK funding may have been misappropriated by South Sudanese Government officials and therefore no investigations are currently planned. As donor lead on accountability and transparency, we are working to help South Sudan tackle corruption, for example through work to clean the payroll, strengthen financial management systems and support the anti-corruption institutions. Should any evidence come to light to suggest that government officials have misused UK funding, we would launch an investigation.

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