§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
The UK has a substantial bilateral development programme in Nepal through DFID. The programme for this financial year amounts to £22 million. Of this, approximately £4 million will be spent on support for rural livelihoods, £5 million on enhancing rural infrastructure, £5 million on health programmes and £8 million on Government reform.
We have also approved a further package of measures totalling approximately £6.5 million to be run jointly by FCO, DFID and MOD. These projects will assist in the development and implementation of aid projects in Nepal and reinforcing their military and police capacity.
In particular, this package will fund the creation of a Civil Society Joint Forum, support for a rural development programme, a programme to promote and monitor human rights, peace support and separate human rights training to the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) and the provision of low-level logistical communications and transport equipment. The package will also cover the costs of infrastructure support to the UN Peacekeeping Centre in Panchkal.