Scope of the inquiry
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.
Tackling corruption overseas terms of reference