International Development Committee Announcement


Working Together to Make Aid More Effective

The International Development Committee will publish its report Working Together to Make Aid More Effective at 00:01 on Thursday 17 July 2008 as the Ninth Report from the Committee, Session 2007-08 (HC 520-I). A volume of oral and written evidence will be published separately as HC 520-II.

Embargoed copies of the Report will be available from 10.00 am on Wednesday 16 July, for collection by witnesses and the press only from the Reception Desk at 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA and from the Press Gallery, House of Commons. To reserve a copy or if you have a query please e-mail Ian Hook at

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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), 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).

Terms of reference for the inquiry were as follows:

  • 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   

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