Overseas Aid

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have disbursed as part of their Arab Partnership; for what percentage of the funds the Department for International Development has been the lead department and what percentage the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; which countries have received funds through the partnership and on what criteria those countries were chosen to receive funds; how much expenditure has been disbursed by sector; how much expenditure is planned each year for the remainder of the announced four years of the partnership; and whether discussions are taking place to continue the partnership thereafter.

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

The £110 million UK Arab Partnership Fund comprises of the £70 million DfID-managed Arab Partnership Economic Facility (APEF), supporting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and the £40 million FCO-managed Arab Partnership Participation Fund (APPF), supporting strengthened political, social, and economic participation. The Arab Partnership Fund runs for the period 2011-12 to 2014-15. By the end of March 2012, the APEF had disbursed £4.4 million, and the APPF had disbursed £5.2 million. DfID is the lead department for 63.6% (£70 million) of the funds, and the FCO is the lead department for 36.4% (£40 million) of the funds.

The APEF focuses on countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region undergoing economic transition, with the objective of furthering inclusive and sustainable economic development, enterprise growth and job creation, and effective and accountable institutions. Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Morocco have received APEF funds. The APPF targets countries in the MENA region undergoing political transition, with the objective furthering of political participation, public voice, anti-corruption, youth employability, private sector development, and the rule of law. Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Algeria, Iraq, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Oman, Libya, and Bahrain have received APPF funds. In addition to country-specific programmes, both APEF and APPF include regional programmes which support multiple MENA countries.

Of the £4.4 million disbursed under APEF to March 2012, £2.2 million has been allocated to inclusive and sustainable economic development, £2.1 million to enterprise growth and job creation, and £0.1 million to effective and accountable institutions. Of the £5.2 million disbursed under APPF to March 2012, £1.7 million has been allocated to political participation, £1.3 million to public voice, £0.5 million to anti-corruption. £0.3 million to youth employability, £0.3 million to private sector development, and £0.8 million to rule of law. DfID has planned £20 million of expenditure under APEF for 2012-13, £25 million for 2013-14, and £20 million for 2014-15. The FCO has planned £13 million of expenditure under APPF for 2012-13, £13 million for 2013-14, and £9 million for 2014-15.

The current plans for the Arab Partnership run to 2015. DfID and the FCO will consider nearer the time whether it is appropriate and necessary to extend the partnership. depending on political and economic developments.

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