HC Deb 13 December 1999 vol 341 cc49-50W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how she plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the UN International Drugs Control Programme's drug reduction programme in drug-producing regions. [102494]

Clare Short

My Department routinely monitors and periodically reviews all the major projects we fund to assess their effectiveness, including those managed by the UN International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP). Monitoring and review is systematically undertaken in order to assess DFID-assisted interventions in terms of their relevance, effectiveness and efficiency and, as far as possible, their impact and sustainability. We also subject a small proportion of our projects and programmes to rigorous ex-post evaluation. We have also welcomed UNDCP's plans to strengthen their own evaluation and monitoring procedures.