Press Notice 12, Session 2005-06

New inquiry

Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstructio

The International Development Committee is to begin an inquiry on Conflict and Development. The main purpose of the inquiry will be to examine the effectiveness and external coherence of the UK’s peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction policies. The inquiry will have a particular, though not exclusive, focus on conflict in Africa. The Committee invites interested organisations and individuals - especially  those from developing countries - to submit written evidence addressing the following points :

1. How can the UK make its policies more conflict-sensitive?

• addressing the sources of conflict through conflict-sensitive aid and trade policies
• improving peaceful resource management 
• encouraging conflict-sensitive business practice
• coherence with other actors

2. How can the UK improve its peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction policies?

• how is the UK supporting peace processes and peacebuilding initiatives?
• governance issues in post-conflict environments - building legitimate institutions and the rule of law
• employment creation policy - reintegrating combatants
• undermining economies of war
• financing post-conflict recovery - how to invest the 'peace dividend'; reinvigorating trade flows; promoting economic diversification
• reducing small arms 
• sequencing of aid and trade policies
• coherence with other actors

3. Where does the UK fit in with a 'global' peacebuilding effort?

• the role of the UN - and the prospects for the UN Peace Building Commission
• the role of the European Union
• the role of international financial institutions
• the role of regional organisations - the AU, Regional Economic Communities (such as ECOWAS and IGAD)
• coherence within the international system in addressing post-conflict needs
• where might UK involvement bring an added-benefit


Submission of written evidence

Organisations and individuals with relevant experience and expertise - especially from developing countries - are invited to submit written evidence addressing (any of) the themes listed above. Evidence should reach the Clerk of the Committee by Wednesday 25 January 2006

Evidence submitted should:

- if possible, be provided electronically in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to or on a disk. If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail;

- the letterhead should contain your full postal address and contact details;
- any memorandum of more than six pages should begin with a one page summary;
- have numbered paragraphs;
- and avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material; 
- further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at;

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included. Submissions can be sent via or, by post, to International Development Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, either by printing the written evidence alongside the oral evidence or by making the evidence available through the Parliamentary Record Office.  If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


Detailed enquiries to Anna Dickson, Committee Specialist on 020 7219 2738 or


Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Barrett MP (Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), Mr Jeremy Hunt MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab).

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