Press Notice 33, Session 2005-06


Announcement of evidence session


Thursday 4 May 2006,  The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30 pm: Julian Oram, Corporates Policy Officer , ActionAid, Dr Claire Melamed, Trade and Private Sector Policy Manager, Christian Aid and Sumi Dhanarajan, Head of Private Sector team, Oxfam

At approx 3.30 pm: Dr Banjoko, Executive Director, AfricaRecruit and Simon Trace,  Chief Executive Officer, Practical Action


In December 2005, the International Development Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry on Private Sector Development (PSD).  PSD touches on many aspects of what donors already do. The presumption behind the inquiry is not therefore that PSD is another sector for donors to engage in, but rather that PSD requires a changed perspective and practice in what donors (who may traditionally have little experience of business) are already doing. The inquiry will examine the coherence of DFID’s private sector development policy with DFID's work in other sectors.

This is the fifth evidence session of the PSD inquiry, and will explore how donors can enable poor people to participate in growth and private sector development.


Detailed enquiries to Chlöe Challender, Committee Specialist on 020 7219 1522 or [email protected]


Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Barrett MP (Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), Mr Jeremy Hunt MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab).

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