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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

I would like information about the APF. It was announced that the fund is 110 million pounds, which is substantial amount of tax payers money and as a member of the public i think it is right and proper to get behind the dynamics about how this came about, whats the aims are how will it be implemented, who will ultimately benefit etc...

The information i require is as follows

1 - What are the immediate, medium and long terms plans for this 110 million funding,
a - what are the aims and objectives?
b - is there a plan / strategy, and is it for public consumption, and if so can i have access to it? ?
c - how will the impact and outcomes be evaluated, is there a framework in place, is it for public consumption and if so can i have access to it?
d - who is responsible at Director and management level for the fund, and what are the contact details of the person/s?
e - who are the main beneficiaries of the fund and how will it be implemented?

2 - How and why was the decision to raise it from an initial 5m to 110m made?
a - by whom?
b - what consultation took place and amongst who?
c - is there any minutes, statements in parliament etc... is it for public consumption and if so can i have access to it??
d - what was the rationale behind the raise?
e - which budget did it come from?

Essentially i want to know how ALL this came about and the processes and decision making and dynamics behind it all. I find it strange that such an amount of money suddenly came about!

Yours faithfully,

g h

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear Sir, Madam

Thanks you for your FOI request, however could you please furbish us with a name as opposed to initials, so that we can deal with it. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to deal with requests from anonymous requestors

Best regards

Information Rights Team
FCO

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

My name is Ghizlane Heulla

Yours faithfully,

g h

Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Did you recieve the email with full name?

Yours faithfully,

g h

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear G H

We have checked thoroughly, unfortunately it would seem we have not received anything since we advised you that we couldn't accept your request without a proper name.

Best regards

Information Rights Team
FCO

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

THE BELOW WAS SENT ON THE 20TH JULY

20 July 2011

Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

My name is Ghizlane Heulla

Yours faithfully,

g h

Yours faithfully,

g h

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

FOI Request, Ref: 0857-11

Dear Ghizlane Heulla

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. It has been assigned a unique reference number (above) and has been passed to the relevant section within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal with. They will be in touch with you should your request need clarification.

We received your request on 15 August 2011 and will aim to respond within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team
FCO

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

I am awaiting your response, you said 20 days. its mow been more than that, i would be grateful if you could inform me when you will be getting around to it?

Yours faithfully,

g h

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Ghizlane Heulla,

Attached is the letter of reply to your Freedom of Information Request
Ref: 0857-11. Attached are PDF attachments of the information you
requested.

I hope this information answers your questions.

All the Best

Ivan Friday

Arab Partnership Department

Middle East and North Africa Directorate

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London SW1A 2AH

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Thank you very much for the information. There was one omission and that is WHEN will the extra £105M be available to bid for, is there going tom be a second round? and what are the plans for each country i.e. what amounts for each MENA country? I am particularly interested in plans for Morocco and Egypt

Yours faithfully,

ghizlane huella

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear Ghizlane Heulla,

 

Thank you for your follow-up question on the Arab Partnership.

 

The UK is committing £110 million over four years to the Arab
Partnership. This includes the £40 million Arab Partnership Participation
Fund (APPF), which will work with reforming governments, parliaments,
civil society, and the media to support political reform: not just free
and fair elections but also stronger parliaments, civil society, media and
judiciaries. It also includes a £70 million DFID-led Economic Facility
(APEF), which will provide expert advice on economic reform to help
restore growth and tackle the problems that leave so many millions of
young people across the region out of a job. Working with the
International Financial Institutions, the APEF will help people acquire
the skills they need for employment, to tackle corruption, build
legitimate institutions and support governments to manage their public
finances in an efficient and open way.

 

We have not yet agreed individual country allocations, but Egypt will
remain a high priority for both the FCO-led Arab Partnership Participation
Fund and the £70 million Economic Facility led by DFID. Morocco will also
qualify for funding under both programmes. 

 

The Arab Partnership Participation Fund programme strategy for 2012/13 and
information about the bidding and allocation process will be published on
the FCO website (www.fco.gov.uk/en/global-issues/mena/uk-arab-partnership)
by the end of December 2011. 

 

 

All the Best

 

Ivan Friday

Arab Partnership Department

Middle East and North Africa Directorate

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London SW1A 2AH

 

 

 

 

 

 

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