The Changing State of Development Aid: Lords question experts

31 January 2012

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will hear evidence on the impact of development aid from witnesses with experience of working with aid programmes in developing countries

In the final evidence session of its inquiry, the Committee will put questions to witnesses on subjects including the role as aid donors of China and India and how British aid policy should respond, and the effects of corruption on aid programmes. The growth of British aid to fragile states will also be discussed, with the Committee interested in how far development assistance can contribute to "nation building".


At 3.30pm, Tuesday 31 January, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

  • Charles Cullimore CMG – former High Commissioner in Uganda and honorary President of the Business Council for Africa
  • Gordon Bridger – former official of ODA (now DFID) and UN; author of 'How I Failed to Save the World or Forty Years of Foreign Aid'
  • Michael Shaw – former Foreign Office consultant working on Good Governance & Conflict Resolution in the Third World

The Committee is expected to report on its inquiry into the Economics of Development Aid in March.

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