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Press Notice No. 21, Session 2003-04


DFID’s bilateral programme of assistance to India

The International Development Committee is to undertake an inquiry into DFID’s bilateral programme of assistance to India and invites interested organisations and individuals to submit written evidence addressing the following points:

The case for aid to India:

1. The rationale for, and added value of, aid to India, taking account of its needs and those of other recipients of development assistance.

2. The appropriate level of overall resource transfer, size of DFID programme and its distribution between states and the central government.

Partnerships/social inclusion/sector focus:

3. DFID India’s (DFIDI) role in developing strategic collaboration and coordination with other donors and the Indian Government, including sectoral allocations.

4. The extent to which DFIDI is focusing its activities on the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, including through engagement with civil society.

5. The threat to achieving the objectives of DFID’s Country Assistance Plan because of gender and other social discrimination.

MDGs and PSAs:

6. The role of the MDGs in shaping DFID’s programme of assistance to India;  the emphasis given to gender equality, SRH and combating HIV/AIDS.

7. The obstacles to achieving the MDGs in India.

8. Progress against relevant DFID PSA targets and the MDGs in India.

Aid instruments/nature of engagement/governance and political will:

9. The strengths and weaknesses of the different aid instruments used: programme/budget support, projects, technical assistance and support via civil society.

10. The appropriate balance between aid instruments.

11. The strengths and weaknesses of the state-focus approach:  DFIDI’s choice of focus-states; the level of DFIDI’s engagement with non-focus states.

12. The impact of governance and political will on DFIDI programmes and their vulnerability to changes in government. 

 Economic development:

13. The implications of India’s ‘modernisation’ for poverty reduction: harnessing economic growth.

14. The role of trade and the private sector.

Written submissions should reach the Clerk of the Committee by 21 May. 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:


Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Tony Baldry (Chairman) (Conservative), John Barrett (Liberal Democrat), Mr John Battle (Labour), Hugh Bayley (Labour), Ann Clwyd (Labour), Mr Tony Colman (Labour), Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative), Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour), Chris McCafferty (Labour), Mr Andrew Robathan (Conservative) and Tony Worthington (Labour).

Specific Committee Information: For the full terms of reference and for detailed enquiries, please contact Sarah Hartwell, Second Clerk, on 44 (0) 20 7219 0851 or

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