International Development Committee Announcement


Monday 2 June 2008, 4.00pm

Committee Room 16


At 4.00pm:

  • Shahid Malik MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and officials, Department for International Development

This is the last of three evidence sessions in this inquiry. The objective of the inquiry is to look at how DFID can work together with its development partners-whether donors, recipients or multilateral agencies-to bring about better aid. This session provides the opportunity for the Committee to question the Government on this, drawing on the written and oral evidence received so far and the Committee’s recent visits to Ghana and to European donor capitals.    

Key issues to be examined in the inquiry are:

  • how donors seek to apply the principles of the Paris Declaration and to co-ordinate their aid programmes in terms of objectives and priorities; 
  • ownership:  the role of recipient countries in managing aid flows, articulating their needs and facilitating co-ordination;
  • the benefits and potential difficulties of greater co-ordination: the impact on recipient and donor countries;
  • how bilateral and multilateral aid, including within the EU (member states and EC aid), can be better aligned and co-ordinated;
  • comparative advantage: how to identify, and work to, the strengths of donors;
  • next steps for the Paris Declaration and for aid effectiveness,
  • DFID’s role in facilitating greater co-ordination.   


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), Mr Stephen Crabb MP (Con), Daniel Kawczynski MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Jim Sheridan MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

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