Press Notice 47, Session 03-04

Darfur, Sudan: Crisis, Response and Lessons


The International Development Committee agreed to conduct an inquiry - announced in a press notice dated 16 September (PN41.2003-04) -  into the ongoing crisis in Darfur. The Committee is pleased to announce that the following evidence session has now been arranged. This is the first oral evidence session to be held by the Committee as part of this inquiry.

Date and venue



Monday 29 November

Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House (to be confirmed)

2.30 p.m.

Dr Suliman Baldo, Africa Director of the International Crisis Group

Please note that starting times may be subject to late changes. Those wishing to attend either of these sessions should contact the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 to confirm the venue the day before the hearing, or please have a look at the ‘Future meetings’ section of our website, nearer the day of the meeting.


In conducting this inquiry, the Committee aims to promote understanding of the situation in Darfur, to examine the effectiveness of the international community’s response to the crisis and promote a more effective response, and to ensure that once the immediate crisis is over, the international community remains engaged and learns the lessons of Darfur.

The Committee will consider the role that the UK Government has played in responding to the crisis, but the inquiry will also examine the roles played by NGOs, the EU and other donors, the United Nations, the African Union, the Government of Sudan and other groups active within Darfur.

As a starting point, the Committee is interested in the following issues:

• the nature, causes and chronology of the crisis in Darfur

• the international community’s response, including that of the United Nations, the African Union, humanitarian agencies and the UK Government

• conflict prevention and peace-building at national and local levels

• the nature of the aid relationship with developing countries affected by conflict


In its Press Notice of 16 September, the Committee invited organisations to submit written evidence by 12 November. If your organisation is particularly keen to make a submission, please contact the Committee Specialist to discuss.


Detailed enquiries to Alan Hudson, Committee Specialist: [email protected]


Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Tony Baldry (Chairman) (Conservative), John Barrett (Liberal Democrat), Mr John Battle (Labour), Hugh Bayley (Labour), Mr John Bercow (Conservative), Ann Clwyd (Labour), Mr Tony Colman (Labour), Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative); Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour), Chris McCafferty (Labour), and Tony Worthington (Labour).

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