HC Deb 17 December 2001 vol 377 cc3-4W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance her Department has given to aid agencies working in Somalia in(a) 2000 and (b) 2001; and if she will list the assistance according to type. [22689]

2001 Clare Short

The information is as follows.



World Vision: agricultural rehabilitation work in Middle Juba (£198,230).

Minority Rights Group: pastoralist communities in seven countries including Somalia (£154,1411).


World Vision: primary health care programme in Bay region (£198,582).

Health Unlimited: Saxan Saxo Well Women Project, Somaliland (£250,0001).

Primary Education:

Save the Children: community based primary education project in Belet Weyn (£230,518).


Action Contre la Faim: emergency nutritional intervention in Gedo (£168,722).

General Emergency and Humanitarian:

International Committee of the Red Cross: 2001 Appeal for Somalia (£1,000,000).

Security and Co-ordination of Relief Work:

United Nations: 2001 Consolidated appeal for Somalia-for UN security and co-ordination activities (£410,850).


World Vision: primary health care projects in Middle Juba (£328,785) and Bay Region (£266,163).

Medecins sans Frontieres: health assistance projects in the Bakool Region (£207,000) and Middle Shabelle Region (£377,689).


International Organisation for Migration: workshop to encourage Somali women's participation in the peace process (£88,969).

Water and Sanitation:

Norwegian Peoples' Aid: water rehabilitation in the Sool Region (£200,173).


Africa Educational Trust: developing community school partnerships in Somaliland (£123,8631).

1 These projects were funded by the Civil Society Challenge Fund and the contribution covers three to five years operations. All other projects run for 12 months or less.

Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in Somalia. [22685]

Clare Short

Last month DFID's field manager covering Somalia visited some of the most vulnerable parts of the south. The Somalia Desk also keeps in close contact with (and support) agencies working in the more at-risk areas, receiving regular reports from them.

Our current assessment of the situation, derived from these sources, is that there are pockets of urgent need, particularly in the south of the country. These needs are primarily a consequence of the continuing conflict—though the background of poor rainfall has not helped (most notably in Gedo).

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