International Development written question – answered on 12th February 2013.

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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 whether her Department supports capacity building projects for the government of Burma.

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

DFID funds capacity-building support to Government and non-government institutions through trusted expert organisations to support the reforms in Burma.

For example, through the World Bank, DFID provides capacity building support to the Government's Microfinance Supervisory Enterprise to ensure that small-scale loans are affordable and reach the poorest. DFID also supports the International Rice Research Institute to advise the Department of Agriculture on appropriate rice seeds and planting techniques which will benefit poor farmers.

No UK aid, goes directly through central Government of Burma budgets.

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