International Assistance

International Development written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Phillips Stephen Phillips Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on increasing co-ordination between member states on international development policy.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

I have regular discussions with my European counterparts to ensure strong and clear co-ordination on development policy between member states; to keep up pressure for the EU member states to keep to their Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitments by 2015; and to encourage increased impact of EU development aid by targeting resources according to need and impact. My Department held detailed consultations with EU donors in preparing the bilateral and multilateral aid reviews. The EU played a clear role in the Busan conference on development effectiveness, including helping to improve coordination and deliver better results from all donors. My Department's country offices also work very closely with EU donors in the field, holding regular co-ordination meetings, using joint funding mechanisms and working together to improve division of labour, reduce aid fragmentation and minimise bureaucracy.

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