International Development Committee Announcement


Tuesday 28 October 2008, 10.30 am

Grimond Room, Portcullis House


At 10.30 am

  • Lucy Chesire, TB/HIV advocate, ACTION Project Kenya (evidence by video link)

At 11.00 am

  • Dr Kent Buse, Health Policy Analyst
  • Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director, International HIV/AIDS Alliance

At 11.45 am

  • Fionnuala Murphy, Campaigns and Policy Officer, ActionAid
  • Stuart Kean, Chair of the Working Group on Children Affected by AIDS, UK Consortium on AIDS
  • Carol Bradford, Indicators Working Group, UK Consortium on AIDS

This is the first evidence session in this inquiry and will provide an opportunity to hear the views of academics, NGOs and those working in the field on key issues raised by DFID’s new HIV/AIDS Strategy including: interaction between HIV/AIDS and other diseases; the advantages and disadvantages of different funding mechanisms; the particular impact of HIV/AIDS on women and children; and monitoring and evaluation.


Thursday 30 October 2008, 10.00 am

Grimond Room, Portcullis House


At 10.00 am

Department for International Development

  • Mr Ivan Lewis MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development
  • Malcolm McNeil, Team Leader, AIDS and Reproductive Health Team
  • Alastair Robb, Senior Health Adviser, DFID Uganda

This will be the second and final evidence session for this inquiry.

Key issues which are being examined in the inquiry are:

  • the extent to which DFID’s Strategy will be effective in tackling the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on women and children
  • how HIV/AIDS interacts with other diseases, especially tuberculosis and malaria, and how effectively this interaction is dealt with by donors and funds
  • how the new AIDS Strategy will be incorporated into DFID’s Country Programmes
  • how civil society will be involved in implementing the new Strategy
  • the likely effectiveness of monitoring systems in ensuring that funding announced in the Strategy reaches local level
  • the impact of vertical funds on broader health system strengthening
  • the comparative effectiveness in tackling HIV/AIDS of vertical funds and funding allocated to broader health system strengthening
  • DFID’s mechanisms for measuring the impact of its funding for health service strengthening


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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