Global charity and former Government adviser on water sanitation give evidence to Lords committee

09 July 2013

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on External Affairs will hear from development charity WaterAid, and a former Government aid specialist, as part of its investigation into EU-funded water and sanitation projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the final evidence session of the committee’s short inquiry, on Thursday 11 July, former adviser to DfID Dr Andrew Cotton, from the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University, will be questioned. With over thirty years of experience in the field of water sanitation and aid, Dr Cotton will be asked for his views on a recent report highlighting EU failures in the delivery of a water sanitation and aid programme to Sub Saharan Africa.

The committee will also question two senior officials from WaterAid, the international charity working to provide safe water and sanitation in 27 countries worldwide. Mariame Dem, Head of West Africa Region, and Daniel Yeo, Senior Policy Analyst on Climate Change & Water Security, will face questions such as:

  • How can the EU work more effectively with international NGOs who are involved in this sector?
  • What steps can the EU take to better secure the financial sustainability of projects be better secured?
  • What can the EU do to work more effectively with local communities and local organisations?
  • How could the EU monitor its projects more effectively?

The evidence session will take place at 10.05am, on Thursday 11 July in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

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