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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the UK Government have taken in support of the World Bank's Action Plan to Accelerate Progress Towards Education for All; what input the UK delegation had in the discussions on the Education for All initiative at the recent G8 summit in Kananaskis; and how much financial assistance the UK Government plan to provide to the World bank's proposed fast-tracked countries within the Education for All initiative. 
Clare Short: The Government are strongly committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on education and are working to mobilise the international community in support of them. The World Bank has a critical role in supporting countries as they seek to give priority to education, and primary education in particular, within the overall context of their poverty reduction strategies. We have been working with the bank to develop its new Action Plan for Accelerating Progress Towards Education for All.
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We believe the World Bank action plan's fast-track initiative provides an opportunity to try to ensure that no country genuinely committed to economic development, poverty reduction and good governance is denied the chance to achieve universal primary education through lack of resources. The Government were successful in calling for the fast-track initiative to include Nigeria and Ethiopia, where over 14 million children are out of school. If offers 18 poor countries the chance to qualify for additional financing for primary education if they can demonstrate that their Government is fully committed and has effective policies in place. A further five countries can apply for assistance in building capacity, filling gaps in data and developing effective policies for primary education.
At the Kananaskis summit, where G8 leaders considered the education needs of developing countries, the UK endorsed the action plan as an important opportunity to fast-track progress towards Education for All. G8 leaders approved the G8 Education Task Force report, which makes clear the need for increased support for basic education from the G8 countries and the importance of the bank's fast-track initiative in mobilising financial resources. Under its Africa Action Plan, the G8 agreed to increase significantly the support provided bilaterally to basic education for countries in Africa with a strong policy and financial commitment to the sector.
The Government are committed to further increasing our support for basic education, particularly in Africa. We will continue to work with the World bank to support their fast track proposals. Further discussions will be held in Washington on 17 July. This meeting, together with the outcome of the spending review to be announced shortly by the Chancellor, will help determine the level of the Government's additional financial support for basic education in the proposed fast-track countries.
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DFID has provided £4 million since September 2001 for a supplementary feeding programme implemented by NGOs, targeting 400,000 people (mainly children) in the worst hit areas of Zimbabwe. At the beginning of January 2002, we made a contribution of £6 million to the UN's Humanitarian Assistance and Recovery Programme; £3.5 million for WFP feeding programmes and £2.5 million for essential drugs and health supplies through the WHO.
In response to the recent reassessment of needs by the World Food Programme and their new regional appeal, I have allocated a further £22 million for Zimbabwe, of which £7 million will be provided through the WFP appeal; £10 million will be channelled through non- governmental organisations to extend direct feeding programmes; and £5 million will be spent again through NGOs on agricultural recovery. We are monitoring NGO and WFP feeding programmes closely to ensure that they are targeted on a needs basis, and that complaints about political bias are tackled effectively.
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Through DFID country programmes we are supporting initiatives through faith based groups in the provision of services (health, micro credit); in peace-building processes; relief, rehabilitation and disaster preparedness; and in election monitoring and voter education.
We are also providing £7.8 million during 200203 to faith based organisations in the UK (Christian Aid, CAFOD and CIIR) through Partnership Programme Agreements. One of the aims of the Christian Aid and CAFOD agreements is to strengthen a global alliance of Christian Churches and other faith groups to eradicate poverty.
In developing faith-specific literature to promote awareness of the Millennium Development Goals and development issues, a series of booklets have been co-produced with a number of faith based groups: Christian (Protestant and Catholic), Jewish, Islamic and Sikh.
|Agency||Country||Project||Funding 200203 (£)|
|Islamic Relief||Mali||Gourma Rharous Community Development Programme||44,096|
|Christian Outreach||Cambodia||Agriculture, Business and Commodity Development Activities||57,851|
|Youth With a Mission||Uganda||Community Based Health Care||9,845|
|Quaker Peace||Lebanon||Vocational Training||43,784|
|SIL UK||Ghana||Adult Education and Development||79,720|
|World Vision||Burma||Street and Working Children||83,329|
|World Vision||Burma||Community Based Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation||14,350|
|World Vision||Laos||Savannekhet Integrated Rural Development Project||39,180|
|World Vision||Laos||Creating Opportunities||29,406|
|World Vision||Angola||Luanda Civil Society Strengthening Programme||103,702|
|World Vision||Armenia||Civic Initiatives Project||83,969|
|World Vision||Burma||Community Action for HIV/AIDS Support||84,355|
|World Vision||Indonesia||Maluka Peace and Reconciliation Project||130,584|
|World Vision||Tanzania||Advocating for FGM Eradication||58,585|
|World Vision||Uganda||Pokatusa Peace Project||58,136|
|Aga Khan Foundation||Uganda||Programme for Enhancement of Universal Primary Education||94,588|
|Aga Khan Foundation||Tanzania||Gender Equity and Children's RightsPrimary Education||34,403|
|Aga Khan Foundation||Tajikistan||Health promotion||33,585|
|Leprosy Mission||Guinea||Disability Control/Community Awareness||74,100|
|Leprosy Mission||India||Community Based Leprosy Control Project||25,066|
|Leprosy Mission||India||Access to Health Service and Information||70,050|
|Leprosy Mission||India||Vocational Training for Earning Power||58,564|
|Tear Fund||Uganda||Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Programme||75,000|
|Tear Fund||India||Primary Health Care Training Programme||16,112|
|Christian Outreach (CORD)||Cambodia||Agriculture, Business and Community Development Programme||57,851|
|Y-Care International||South Africa||Adult Sexual Reproductive Health||39,432|
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Clare Short [holding answer 19 July 2002]: I discussed the activities of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) with the Government of Sudan during my visit to Sudan in January. I have also discussed the LRA with the Ugandans on a number of occasions. Our embassies in Khartoum and Kampala have had regular discussions with the Sudanese and the Ugandans about the LRA in northern Uganda.
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