Dáil Éireann - Volume 387 - 21 February, 1989

Written Answers. - Government Aid.

43. Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the total value of Irish Government bilateral aid, co-operation and development assistance with Mozambique since 1978; in respect of such assistance, the projects which have been assisted in (i) 1986, (ii) 1987 and (iii) 1988; if he will give details of these projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Lenihan): Ireland has provided official bilateral assistance totalling £292,000 to Mozambique since 1978, comprising £240,000 for disaster relief purposes, £29,000 in respect of voluntary service assignments sponsored by APSO, £20,000 for NGO co-financing purposes and £3,000 in respect of training in Ireland. A statement detailing the funds allocated under each of these headings for each of the years 1986 to 1988 is given below.

Disaster Relief Fund

APSO

NGO Co-Financing Scheme

Fellowship Programme

£

£

£

£

1986

10,000

7,000

2,698

1987

115,000

2,727

10,000

3,140

1988

40,000

9,740

Total

165,000

19,467

12,698

3,140

The disaster relief funding totalling £165,000 for the three year period supported a range of relief programmes operated by various United Nations relief agencies and by Goal, Oxfam and Trocaire, which were aimed at the victims of Famine and Conflict, both internally displaced within Mozambique and living as refugees in neighbouring States.

APSO provided nearly £20,000 towards the cost of volunteers working in the medical and agricultural sectors.

Details of the two projects which were assisted under the NGO co-financing scheme in 1986 and 1987 are set out below:

Project

Agency

1986

Purchase of spare parts for the rehabilitation of landrovers to aid development projects

International voluntary service

1987

Provision of equipment for fishing project

Trocaire

[853] The fellowship provided in 1987 was to enable a senior Mozambiqan dentistry officer to pursue a specialist course in TCD.