Press Notice 47, Session 2006-07


DFID is channelling increasing amounts of funding through multilateral institutions. Multilaterals receive around a third of DFID’s total budget with the European Community getting the lion’s share, followed by UN agencies and the World Bank. Against a backdrop of a sharply rising budget and of efficiency targets in the civil service, the total figure for British multilateral spending on development has risen from around £1.3 billion a year in 2001-02 to nearly £2 billion a year in 2005-06. It is important therefore that such multilaterals share the same objectives as DFID.

This first phase of the Committee’s inquiry into DFID’s work with multilateral institutions will explore aid effectiveness in terms of DFID’s relationship with the World Bank. The World Bank is the world’s single largest funder of development programmes as well as an important source of knowledge and advice on how to tackle global issues such as international trade, poverty, corruption and climate change. The UK contribution to the World Bank’s International Development Association, the arm of the Bank which helps the world’s poorest countries, for 2005-08 is around £1.4 billion over the three-year period (some 13% of the total donor contribution).

The Committee invites interested organisations and individuals to submit evidence focusing on DFID’s ability to ensure that assistance delivered through the World Bank is in line with DFID’s own priorities and objectives. Contributions from developing countries are particularly welcome.

Those submitting evidence are invited to consider any of the following points:

The World Bank’s relationship with DFID, other donors and stakeholders 

• whether funding through the World Bank is an effective mechanism for advancing DFID’s overriding priority of  progress towards the Millennium Development Goals;

• whether DFID’s priorities in specific policy areas, particularly climate change, can be pursued effectively through World Bank funding;

• the levers of change and influence that are available to donor states and whether DFID is taking full advantage of these;

• DFID’s position on and involvement in the negotiations on the 15th replenishment of the funds of the International Development Association; 

• DFID support for making the multilateral system more effective through better World Bank coordination with other multilateral institutions, especially UN agencies and the International Monetary Fund;

• co-ordination on development policy between EU member states and its impact on World Bank policies and practices; 

• the role of developing countries in World Bank decision-making.  

Policies on governance and conditionality

• comparative analysis of DFID’s policies on conditionality and governance and those of the World Bank;  

• DFID’s capacity to effect political change in corrupt or weak administrations through World Bank funding;

• the impact of World Bank conditionality on governments and on the poor;

• likely trends in World Bank conditionality. 

World Bank internal governance

• the relationship between the World Bank’s internal governance and transparency and its credibility and effectiveness;

• the make-up of the board and the selection of the President;

• the relationship between the World Bank and parliaments, both in donor and developing countries.   

Submission of written evidence

The Committee invites written submissions from interested organisations and individuals â‚"‚ especially those from developing countries â‚"‚ by 12 October 2007.

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

- begin with a one-page summary if it is longer than six pages

- have numbered paragraphs

- avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material.

Submissions can also be sent by post to the International Development Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA.‚ 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 written evidence, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.

Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet, by printing it or by making it 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. Please bear in mind that select committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

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 Matthew Hedges, Committee Clerk on 020 7219 0851 or


Further Information:

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

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