HC Deb 30 January 2002 vol 379 c309W
20. Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement about her Department's development work in southern Africa. [29143]

Clare Short

A new strategy paper will be published this year for DF1D's work in the Southern Africa Customs Union area, which comprises Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. DFID will continue to support the region's efforts to address inherited problems of poverty, inequality and exclusion. We will give increasing priority to work on HIV/AIDS.

Within the broader Southern African region, DFID also supports programmes in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. DFID is also working to strengthen its partnership with the Southern African Development Community (SADC), following its recent restructuring.

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