Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence - Sixth Report


Memorandum submitted by the World Bank


  Regarding collaboration with the UK in Azerbaijan, the Know How Fund is providing high-level policy advice to the Minister of Finance and is looking at assistance towards strengthening and developing local NGOs while continuing its support for good government development. In 1997, £700,000 (US$1.2 million) was allocated from the fund for the "Advisory to Ministry of Finance" project and the "Staff training for SOCAR" project. For 1998-99, the fund has committed to provide £800,000 (US$1.3 million) for the "Advisory to Ministry of Finance" and the "Good Government" project. Both will continue during 1999.


  Save the Children-UK is working with the Tajikistan Social Investment Fund (TASIF) under one component of the Bank's ongoing Pilot Poverty Alleviation Project. Bank staff and experts from the Know How Fund have had some discussions regarding collaboration in the social sectors, and in fact a KHF expert (Dr John James) participated in the Bank's October 1997 Health mission to Tajikistan and his work was greatly appreciated by the Bank team.


  In the fall of 1997, there was a collaborative UK/WB/Uzbekistan marcroeconomic seminar. The Know How Fund has financed some nurses' training in the UK under the Bank's Health I Project. The Know How Fund and the British Council have some modest overseas fellowship, training and other activities in Uzbekistan, but there is no significant UK aid programme beyond this.

March 1999

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