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Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of the humanitarian assistance for Gaza; and if he will make a statement. [231465]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: We remain very concerned by the humanitarian situation in Gaza. We monitor it closely through humanitarian agencies and NGOs. Ongoing restrictions on Gaza’s crossings impact on the provision of humanitarian services, although assistance funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) does get through to those that need it.

DFID assesses the impact of its humanitarian funding for Palestinian refugees in Gaza through regular reporting from the implementing agency, the UN’s Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). Our funding supports the delivery of essential services (particularly health care and education) by UNRWA to registered refugees in Gaza, who are the majority of the population. In 2008, we have provided £19 million to UNRWA.

In March 2008, DFID provided £2 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for its work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This helped restore basic services in Gaza such as water, waste water and hospital infrastructure damaged during hostilities, thus reducing public health risks. Our earlier funding for the European Commission’s TIM/PEGASE mechanism supported the provision of emergency medical and social services to the population of Gaza and the West Bank and paid salaries of key public sector workers.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will respond to the letter to him dated 10 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Dr. J. Sherwin. [231191]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: A reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton has been issued.

Overseas Aid: Education

Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the education funding announced as part of the Education Beyond Borders initiative in April 2007 has been disbursed to date. [228530]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: The ‘Education Beyond Borders’ initiative included DFID's plans for delivering education to children affected by conflict or living in fragile states. For those countries specifically listed in the initiative, DFID support is as follows:

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Countries listed in ‘Education Beyond Borders’ initiative DFID support


Expenditure of £55 million in 2007-08 and £60 million in 2008-09 disbursed to the World Bank account for the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, which meets the cost of 100,000 teachers.


In 2007-08, direct bilateral expenditure on education was £55,000. In 2008, we have disbursed £794,000 as requested by the government of Burundi of £6 million being provided end 2007 to end 2010 through the Pooled Fund for education.

Democratic Republic of Congo

In 2007-08, direct bilateral expenditure on education was £82,000 and in 2008-09 to date £155,000 with a further £6.6 million of forecast expenditure under our contribution of £10.41 million to first phase of Access to Primary Education (£55 million over five years) through the multi-donor Trust Fund, managed by the World Bank, and some £3 million of support 2008-09 through the Multi-Donor Trust Fund, managed by UNDP, that goes to education.


Support was to have been provided through the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (FTI). However the FTI has not yet provided support as Liberia has been allocated US$12 million from the Transition Fund managed by UNICEF.


Since 2007, approximately £10.5 million has been disbursed in support of education. This is part of our planned contribution of £20 million for the Education for All programme 2004-09.

Sierra Leone

In 2007-08, direct bilateral expenditure on education was £3.6 million. £10 million disbursed of £15 million, in 2008, for Poverty Reduction Budget Support, of which £3 million supports education, and £750,000 fully disbursed, in 2008, for the support for Teachers' Census programme through the Pooled Fund for Education.


In 2007-08, direct bilateral expenditure on education was £2 million. Providing £6 million to the Strategic Partnership for Education Recovery and Development programme 2006-10 of which £1 million has been disbursed in 2008-09 and £1.9 million through the Africa Educational Trust of which £256,000 has been disbursed in 2008-09. Also, since 2007, some £537,000 of support to Save the Children for their education work in Hiraan.

The initiative included support to the Education for All fast track initiative (FTI) to support fragile, conflict and post-conflict states. In September 2008, in New York, the UK announced a further contribution to the FTI of £50 million to add to our existing commitment of £150 million.

The initiative also announced a £20 million grant through UNICEF to help deliver education in emergency, conflict and post-crisis countries. To ensure that this support will have maximum impact, we have recently agreed a common monitoring and evaluation framework with UNICEF and partners to align the grant with the multi-donor Transition Fund held by UNICEF and expect to make disbursements shortly. In addition, DFID
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is providing UNICEF with £4 million per year to build UNICEF's capacity in humanitarian response, including in the education sector. DFID has worked with UNICEF to ensure that this includes the full funding of a project setting up a roster of education experts for deployment in emergencies.

Pakistan: Overseas Aid

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 119W, on Pakistan: overseas aid, what the key performance indicators are for each of the 10 programmes referred to. [230247]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: For each of the 10 programmes referred to we will monitor progress in the following areas:

General Budget Support

Pakistan Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

National Health Facility

Strengthening Education in Pakistan:

Maternal and Newborn Health

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Financial Inclusion Programme

Polio Programme

HIV/AIDS Programme

Humanitarian Assistance to Flood Victims and Internally Displaced People

Devolved Social Servi ces Programme Financial Support

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK development aid was given to Pakistan in each year since 2000. [232233]

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Mr. Douglas Alexander: Details of the UK’s bilateral assistance and imputed multilateral assistance to Pakistan since 2000 are laid out in the following tables.

Table 1: UK total bilateral gross public expenditure on development, 2000-01 to 2007-08, Pakistan


















Table 2: Imputed UK share of multilateral official development assistance (ODA), 2000-01 to 2006-07, Pakistan
















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