DFID's Assistance to Zimbabwe
HC 252-I, Eighth Report of Session 2009-10 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes
- House of Commons - International Development Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'DFID's Assistance to Zimbabwe (HC 252-I)' found that UK aid has helped deliver progress in Zimbabwe since the Government of National Unity was established a year ago. Governance, human rights and provision of basic services however are still falling well below the needs of the people.
The Department for International Development (DFID) allocated £60 million for humanitarian and development assistance in the country in 2009-10. This support has been effective in reaching poor and vulnerable people.
Further changes to be made:
UK aid should continue given the scale of ongoing need; two million people are estimated to require food aid this year and should be increased in the sectors where it is making the greatest impact.
Aid should continue to be channelled through non-governmental organisations and multilateral agencies. Emergency aid is making a difference but it cannot be turned into sustained development support without a long-term political settlement.
The report condemns the electoral manipulation, abuse of state power, land seizures and violence against political opponents and civil society which President Mugabe's ZANU-PF have inflicted on the country for many years. Many skilled workers left the country leaving the health and education systems near collapse.
The international community's longer-term focus should be on strengthening the capacity of the Government of National Unity so that it is better placed to determine its own development priorities and to deliver them.
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