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International Development Committee
Report in preparation for part 1 - the Rohingya crisis.
Accepting written submissions for part 2 - DFID's work on Bangladesh and Burma - the deadline is Wednesday 20 December.
Speaking at the Tuesday 17 October Commons debate on “The persecution of the Rohingya by the Myanmar Government”, the Chair of the International Development Committee announced an inquiry into DFID’s work in Bangladesh and Burma that would start by looking at the UK’s response to the Rohingya crisis.
Bangladesh and Burma as neighbouring countries face many similar development challenges. DFID has large aid programmes in both countries. The recent Rohingya crisis has brought the world’s attention to their mutual border. DFID’s 2017/18 Bangladesh bilateral country programme budget is £159 million. In Burma, DFID’s budget is £94 million for 2017/18.
Evidence given by Mr Khondker M Talha, Deputy High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom; Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Richard Montgomery, Director of Asia, Caribbean and Overseas Territories Division, Department for International Development, and Patrick Moody, Additional Director, Asia Pacific Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (at 10.45am).
Evidence given by David Mepham, UK Director, Human Rights Watch, Champa Patel, Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House, Mark Farmaner, Director, Burma Campaign UK, and Tun Khin, President, Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK; Matthew Saltmarsh, Senior Communications Officer, UNHCR, Daphne Jayasinghe, Senior Policy and Advocacy Adviser, International Rescue Committee, and Ian Mowatt, Regional Portfolio Manager, World Vision (at 10.50am).
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International Development Committee examines the impact of the Rohingya crisis