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International Development Committee
Report in preparation
DFID has developed specific anti-corruption strategies for each of the countries it works in, although the Department has previously received criticism for its work in this area. Ahead of the Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Summit, to be held in London in May, the International Development Committee is inquiring into the direction and effectiveness of DFID's current anti-corruption efforts, the development impacts of UK Government policy on corruption and the coherence of the Government’s approach as a whole.
The International Development Committee is inquiring into whether DFID should have a zero tolerance policy towards corruption in the countries where it is working. How effective has the 2013 DFID anti-corruption strategy been and the inquiry will examine what the balance should be between seeking to tackle corruption top down at institutional level and bottom up at the grass roots.
Evidence given by Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD MP, Minister of State, Phil Mason OBE, Senior Anti-Corruption Adviser, Department for International Development, and Richard Riley, Director, Serious and Organised Crime, Home Office.
Evidence given by Professor Paul Heywood, University of Nottingham, Alina Rocha Menocal, Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, and Aled Williams, Senior Adviser, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre; Shauna Leven, Director of Anti-Corruption Campaigns, Global Witness, Robert Barrington, Executive Director, Transparency International UK, Gareth O'Hagan, Head of Extractive Industries Governance Team, Adam Smith International, and Oliver Pearce, Policy Manager, Oxfam GB (at 10.45am).
There are currently no public meetings scheduled.
International Development Committee examines outcomes of Anti-Corruption Summit