Developing Countries: Politics and Government

International Development written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth Labour, Coventry North East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work her Department's Governance and Fragile States department undertakes to promote better governance in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

Twenty-one out of DFID's twenty-eight focus countries are fragile and affected by conflict, most of which have weak institutions and governance. The UK will spend 30% of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) in fragile and conflict-affected states by 2014-15, of which improving governance will be a major component.

My Department promotes better governance, open societies and inclusive economies in fragile and conflict- affected states by supporting free and fair elections, representative parliaments, competitive politics, tackling corruption, improving public financial management, building a civil service, improving security and justice, reducing violence against women, addressing tax and rule of law issues and strengthening civil society.

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