International Development Committee Announcement


The International Development Committee will resume its inquiry into DFID’s Programme in Nigeria, which was postponed in February 2008. The terms of reference are set out below.

Issues to be addressed in the inquiry are:

  • Governance, including regional and local governance
  • Rural poverty and rural livelihoods
  • The management of oil wealth and transparency in the industry
  • Basic service delivery
  • The impact of debt relief on poverty reduction
  • DFID’s support for the electoral process and to the National Assembly
  • The role of civil society and DFID’s support for the development of voice and accountability
  • Economic growth and the impact of DFID’s programme in this area
  • Policy coherence in the UK Government’s approach
  • Donor coordination

Submission of written evidence

Organizations and individuals who have submitted evidence to the inquiry are invited to update it. New submissions are welcome from those with relevant expertise and experience. The Committee is particularly interested in receiving evidence from organisations in Nigeria.

The deadline for submitting new or revised written evidence is Friday 22 May.

Evidence submitted should:

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

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

Please also note that:

  • 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. If a number of published documents are sent to accompany written evidence, these should be listed in the covering email.
  • Written evidence submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organization submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • 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 (where it will be searchable), 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. 
  • 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.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.


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), Mr Mark Hendrick MP (Lab/Co-op), Daniel Kawczynski MP (Con), Mr Virendra Sharma (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Andrew Stunell MP (Lib Dem).

Committee Contact: Carol Oxborough 020 7219 2738, or [email protected]

 Media Enquiries: Alex Paterson, 020 7219 1589, or [email protected]

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