International Development Committee Announcement

EVIDENCE SESSION ON DFID AND CHINA

Tuesday 18 November 2008, 10.30 am

Committee Room 15, House of Commons*

* It is possible that the  venue for the meeting may change  to a different room on the parliamentary estate. If you wish to attend this evidence session please check the ‘Forthcoming meetings’ page of the Committee’s website - http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/international_development/future_meetings.cfm

Witnesses:

At 10.30 am

  • Professor Stephen Chan, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • Dr Jing Gu, Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

This is the third evidence session for the inquiry into DFID and China, following two sessions on 21 May 2008.  The Committee’s original intention was to visit China in June but this was postponed, following the Sichuan earthquake in May, to avoid any possibility of the visit diverting those involved in the relief efforts from this crucial work.

The Committee’s visit to China will now take place in the first half of December. The inquiry will resume with this evidence session which will provide an opportunity to gain a general overview of development and China, in terms of the country’s own social and economic progress and its role as an international actor. The session will focus on current challenges for China, including the recent earthquake and the ongoing global financial crisis, as well as longer term issues connected with its development, such as climate change, domestic inequality and China’s engagement with Africa. All these issues will be assessed in relation to the UK’s development partnership with China, now and in the future.

Members of the public are welcome to attend oral evidence sessions. There is no need to register in advance.

Key issues which are being examined in the inquiry are:

  • The appropriate size and scope of DFID’s aid programme in China;
  • Aid effectiveness and DFID’s ‘added value’ compared to other donors to China;
  • DFID’s support to poverty reduction in China in both rural and urban settings and especially to basic services including education, health, sanitation and water;
  • The effectiveness of the UK Government’s strategy to engage with China on international development, especially on Africa, climate change, sustainable development, poverty reduction and energy security;
  • China’s relationship with multilateral development institutions;
  • DFID’s strategy for phasing out its bilateral programme by 2011; and
  • DFID’s support to addressing gender issues in China.

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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