Press Notice No 10, Session 2003 - 04

New Inquiry

Kenya: DFID's Country Assistance Plan 2004-07 and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals

On 12 January 2004, the Department for International Development (DFID) published its draft Country Assistance Plan for Kenya for 2004-07.

This is available at:

The draft Country Assistance Plan outlines the challenges which Kenya faces, its Government's response, and what the UK (DFID) intends to do to support the Government of Kenya's development strategy.

Also in January 2004, the International Development Committee visited Kenya in order to gain a better understanding of the country's progress, or lack of it, towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to investigate the contribution made by DFID in this regard.

During the visit the Committee decided to hold a short inquiry into DFID's Country Assistance Plan 2004-07 for Kenya and the country's progress towards the MDGs. The intention is that the Committee's inquiry will inform DFID's work in Kenya, and provide a platform for organisations with expertise, experience and views about DFID's plans to make their views known to the UK Parliament.

The Committee invites organisations and individuals with detailed knowledge and experience of Kenya and DFID's engagement with Kenya to submit written evidence addressing the following questions:

• What are the prospects of Kenya meeting the MDGs?

• What are the main challenges which Kenya faces in meeting the MDGs?

• To what extent does DFID's Country Assistance Plan identify accurately the challenges which Kenya faces, and outline appropriate strategies to help Kenya to make faster progress towards the MDGs?

The Committee is particularly keen to receive evidence from Kenyan NGOs and civil society organisations, the private sector and Kenyan Parliamentarians. Such evidence may take the form of the submissions made to DFID's consultation process on the Country Assistance Plan. The intention is that once the written submissions have been received, an evidence session will be held at Westminster with the Secretary of State for International Development and a selection of the evidence published.

Written submissions should reach the Clerk of the Committee by 1 March. Any memorandum of more than six pages should include a summary at the front. Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee and may be published. If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text Format by email to  When submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail.

Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at:

Detailed enquiries to Alan Hudson, Committee Specialist, on +44 (0) 20 7219 1522


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Committee Membership is as follows: Tony Baldry (Chairman) (Conservative, Banbury), John Barrett (Liberal Democrat, Edinburgh West), Mr John Battle (Labour, Leeds West), Hugh Bayley (Labour, City of York), Ann Clwyd (Labour, Cynon Valley), Mr Tony Colman (Labour, Putney), Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative, Grantham and Stamford); Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour, Ealing, Southall), Chris McCafferty (Labour, Calder Valley), Mr Andrew Robathan (Conservative, Blaby) and Tony Worthington (Labour, Clydebank and Milngavie).

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