Democratic Republic of Congo

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent support the Government has given to the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The UK is making a significant contribution to international efforts to promote stability, development and greater democratisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). DFID’s programme in the DRC will spend £790 million over the years 2011-2016 and is committed to addressing the urgent needs of the most vulnerable and poorest people.

DFID’s operational plan, updated in December 2014, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/389482/DRC_Operational_Plan.pdf outlines how HMG will use its role as the second biggest bilateral donor in DRC to deliver support and expertise in a wide range of sectors; most notably in humanitarian assistance, security sector reform, education, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and private sector development.

We strongly support the role played by MONUSCO, the UN’s biggest peacekeeping mission, in resolving the conflict in the eastern part of the DRC, and our contribution to MONUSCO in 2014-2015 is estimated to be £61 million. UK diplomatic influence supports efforts to build a stronger, more stable and more prosperous future in the DRC, making conflict and humanitarian crises less likely.

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