Written answers

Thursday, 6 October 2005

Department of Foreign Affairs

Overseas Development Aid

5:00 pm

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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Question 64: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has considered the recommendations of the Development Co-operation Ireland report on support for education in Uganda and Zambia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26906/05]

Photo of Conor LenihanConor Lenihan (Minister of State, Department of Foreign Affairs; Dublin South West, Fianna Fail)
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The report to which the Deputy refers, Working Together For Better Outcomes — A Public Expenditure Review of Development Co-operation Ireland's Support to Education in Uganda and Zambia 2000-03, was commissioned to provide the Oireachtas with an analytical overview of Ireland's expenditure in the education sectors in Zambia and Uganda for the years 2000-03, in the context of the public expenditure initiative.

I welcome this review. The management response to the report noted that a number of the recommended actions had either been implemented or were under active consideration prior to the publication of the report in July 2005. I am keenly aware of the need to ensure both effectiveness and value for money in Ireland's development assistance programme. This report is a timely and worthwhile contribution towards meeting these objectives and will inform our actions in this area in the future.

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