International Development Committee Announcement

EVIDENCE SESSION ON CO-ORDINATION FOR AID EFFECTIVENESS

Tuesday 29 April 2008, 10.30am

Committee Room 6

Witnesses:

At 10.30am:

  • Myles Wickstead, Visiting Professor, Open University
  • Sarah Mulley, Co-ordinator, UK Aid Network
  • Linda Doull, Director of Health and Policy, Merlin

At 11.30am (approx):

  • Antonio Tujan Jr, Chairman of Reality of Aid Network; Director of IBON International
  • Howard White, Executive Director, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (‘3IE’)

This is the first of three planned evidence sessions in this inquiry. The first panel of commentators and NGOs will focus on the Government’s approach to co-ordination for aid effectiveness, both internally across Whitehall and in the field, including in fragile states. The second panel broadens the focus to an international perspective on aid effectiveness and measuring results, with evidence from a leading southern civil society organisation and an emerging international authority on impact evaluation.   

Key issues to be examined in the inquiry are:

  • how donors seek to apply the principles of the Paris Declaration and to co-ordinate their aid programmes in terms of objectives and priorities; 
  • ownership:  the role of recipient countries in managing aid flows, articulating their needs and facilitating co-ordination;
  • the benefits and potential difficulties of greater co-ordination: the impact on recipient and donor countries;
  • how bilateral and multilateral aid, including within the EU (member states and EC aid), can be better aligned and co-ordinated;
  • comparative advantage: how to identify, and work to, the strengths of donors;
  • next steps for the Paris Declaration and for aid effectiveness,
  • DFID’s role in facilitating greater co-ordination.   

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), Mr Stephen Crabb MP (Con), Daniel Kawczynski 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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