International Development Committee
The Closure of DFID's Bilateral Aid Programme in Burundi
HC 1134, Tenth Report of Session 2010-12 – Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - International Development Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to close its bilateral aid programme in Burundi in 2012 as explained in this report 'The Closure of DFID's Bilateral Aid Programme in Burundi (HC 1134)'.
Burundi is a fragile country which has experienced decades of civil war. It is one of the poorest countries in the world and is unlikely to meet most of the Millennium Development Goals.
DFID's states that despite such closure, it will:
continue funding Burundi both through a regional programme Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) and multilateral donors (the EU, the World Bank, African Development Bank) to which DFID is a major contributor; and
that, other donors will take over bilateral programmes which it has been funding and that the cost of the office in Burundi is too high in relation to the size of the programme.
The Committee believes though that the Government should reinstate a bilateral aid programme to Burundi for the following reasons, including:
that the UK currently has bilateral programmes with all the countries in the Eastern Africa and Great Lakes Region and that the UK's engagement continues to be critical throughout this region both in perception and reality;
that Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA), has already helped to increase Burundi's collection of tax revenues;
that there are funding gaps in many sectors in Burundi; and
that there is a regional dimension to conflicts in the Great Lakes area and Burundi is particularly fragile.
The Committee states if DFID does cease bilateral aid to Burundi, a responsible exit strategy is the least it can do to minimise the negative consequences.
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