International Development Committee Announcement


DFID and the World Bank

The International Development Committee will publish its report on DFID and the World Bank at 00:01 on Wednesday 5 March 2008 as the Sixth Report from the Committee, Session 2007-08 (HC 67-I). A volume of oral and written evidence will be published at the same time as HC 67-II.

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Committee Membership 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), Stephen Crabb MP (Con), James Duddridge MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Jim Sheridan MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

Terms of reference for the inquiry were as follows:

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.   

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