Press Notice 46, Session 2003-04

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE IN IRAQ

Future Evidence Session

The International Development Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry - announced in Press Notice 37 (21 July 2004) - into Development Assistance in Iraq.

The Committee is pleased to announce that the following evidence session has now been arranged:

Date and venue

Time

Witnesses

Tuesday 16 November

Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House (to be confirmed)

2.30 p.m.

Mr Jim Drummond, Director, Iraq Directorate, Department for International Development

Hon Dominic Asquith, Director, Iraq, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dr Roger Hutton, Director Joint Commitments Policy, Ministry of Defence

The emphasis of the inquiry will be on the future role for DFID and its development partners (both NGO and multilateral) in development, reconstruction and meeting humanitarian needs. However, the inquiry will, of necessity, need to draw on DFID’s involvement and experience since the start of the occupation.

The inquiry will address the following key areas:

1. The role of DFID in humanitarian and development assistance in Iraq: how DFID has spent its funds and what the spending has achieved; how effective the spending has been; the appropriateness of different funding mechanisms; and the balance of aid distribution between central and local government, and across different regions of Iraq.

2. The role of DFID’s partners: including the EU, the UN, World Bank/IMF, as well as international and local NGOs.

3. Coordination of service provision and policy: DFID’s coordination with all partners including FCO, MoD, other donors, NGOs (international and local) as well as local and national Iraqi authorities; humanitarian coordination; competing coordination mechanisms; and whether there has been an adequate policy umbrella for humanitarian and development work.

4. The security environment and humanitarian space: the blurring of military/civilian boundaries and the erosion of neutral humanitarian space; the role of the military and private contractors in humanitarian relief and service provision; and UK commitments to the principles of 'Good Humanitarian Donorship'.

5. The transition from humanitarian relief and basic service provision to reconstruction and development: civil society strengthening; policy work; democratic process and institution building.

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Detailed enquiries to Dr Anna Dickson, Committee Specialist, on 020 7219 2738 or [email protected]

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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), Ann Clwyd (Labour), Mr Tony Colman (Labour), Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative), Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour), Chris McCafferty (Labour), Mr Andrew Robathan (Conservative) and Tony Worthington (Labour).

Specific Committee Information: For detailed enquiries, please contact Anna Dickson, Committee Specialist, on 020 7219 2738 or [email protected]

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