International Development Committee takes evidence from the Secretary of State for International Development on the Definition and administration of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Tuesday 1 May 2018, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster
- Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development
- Darren Welch, Director of Strategy, Department for International Development
Purpose of the Session
UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) is increasingly being spent by departments other than DFID, including through cross-government funds which pair development objectives with other national interest objectives such as security and trade. How does this fit with DFID’s role in overseeing UK ODA? How can DFID maintain a cross-government focus on poverty reduction and how can it promote high standards of transparency in ODA across Whitehall?
At this final oral evidence session of its inquiry on the definition and administration of ODA, the Committee will take evidence on all the above issues from the Secretary of State for International Development. The Committee will also question the Secretary of State about whether she still believes that the definition of ODA (as set by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee) should be changed.
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