International Development Committee Announcement

NEW INQUIRY: AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK 

Multilateral organisations receive over 40% of DFID’s total budget - £2.13 billion in 2006-07 - with the European Commission receiving the highest proportion, followed by the World Bank, UN agencies and then the regional development banks, including the African and Asian Development Banks.

The International Development Committee is to begin an inquiry into DFID and the African Development Bank (AfDB).This will be the second phase of the Committee’s assessment of DFID’s work with multilateral institutions and follows on from an inquiry into the World Bank. It will explore aid effectiveness in terms of DFID’s relationship with the AfDB. The AfDB was established in 1964 as a multilateral development bank whose shareholders include 53 African countries and 24 non-African countries.

The UK contribution to the AfDB for 2005-07 was approximately £200 million. In November 2007, DFID announced a doubling of its support to the African Development Fund - part of the Africa Development Bank group - and will provide £417 million over the next three years. In 2008 the UK will become the largest single contributor to the AfDB, overtaking France for the first time.

The main purpose of the inquiry will be to examine how external shareholders such as DFID can best assist the AfDB to achieve its potential as a lender and to explore the extent to which AfDB development objectives match those of the UK.

Key issues include:

• The AfDB’s priorities and objectives

• The leadership role of the AfDB - regionally and on global issues

• Coherence between DFID objectives in Africa and those of the AfDB

• Managing multiple demands of AfDB shareholders

• The structure and administration of the AfDB

• The relationship between the AfDB and the World Bank

Submission of written evidence

The Committee invites individuals and organisations with relevant expertise and experience to submit written evidence on any of these issues. The Committee is particularly interested in receiving evidence from organisations based in developing countries in Africa and those who have experience of working with the AfDB.

The deadline for submitting written evidence is Friday 29 February 2008.  Evidence submitted should:

• if possible, be provided electronically in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to [email protected] or on a disk. If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail. The letterhead should contain your full postal address and contact details

• begin with a one page summary if it is longer than six pages

• have numbered paragraphs

• avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material.

Submissions can also be sent by post to International Development Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA.

Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at:

http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within written evidence, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.

Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet, by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.  Please bear in mind that Committees is not able to investigate individual cases.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Committee Membership is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Stephen Crabb MP (Con), James Duddridge MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Jim Sheridan MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

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