HC Deb 09 February 2004 vol 417 c1316W
Tom Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will break down by aid project the sum which his Department spent bilaterally in Swaziland in 2002–03. [153134]

Mr. Gareth Thomas

DFID is currently supporting two projects in Swaziland through its bilateral programme a rural water supply programme (on which DFID spent £119,000 in 2002–03) and a programme of assistance to the Coalition of Non-Government Organisations (on which DFID spent £101,000 in 2002–03). During 2002–03 DFID also made payments totalling £222,000 on nine other bilateral projects which closed during that year.

In addition to these payments, the published statistics for DFID support to Swaziland include other items such as payments made to non-government organisations through the Small Grants Scheme and Joint Funding Scheme, and contributions to the Commonwealth Scholarship scheme in respect of Swaziland.

DFID is also supporting Swaziland through a number of regional initiatives. In particular, we are supporting work on HIV/AIDS, through the International Partnership against AIDS in Africa, and through the Southern African Development Community. Since this support is routed through regional organisations, it does not appear in the statistics for bilateral support to Swaziland.

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