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Why and how should the UK and the EU collaborate on development policy after Brexit?

How much of an influence has the UK had on shaping EU development policy? What will be the main challenges of future UK-EU collaboration? How can the UK achieve better outcomes for recipients of development aid? What impact will Brexit have on UK development NGOs?

These are among the questions the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee will be asking two witnesses on Thursday 30 January 2020. This evidence session is part of the Committee's inquiry on the impact of Brexit on UK-EU international development cooperation.
At 10am the Committee will hear from:

  • Stephanie Draper, Chief Executive at BOND
  • Dr James Mackie, Head of Learning and Quality Support at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Maastricht

Other questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • With only 10% of the UK development aid budget spent via the EU, why should the UK and the EU continue to collaborate on development policy after Brexit?
  • What are the risks for the EU and development aid recipients if the UK and the EU do not collaborate on development in future?
  • What are the options for collaborating via the proposed new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument?
  • What off-budget mechanisms will be best suited for UK-EU collaboration and what will be the main challenges of collaborating in this way?

This evidence session, which is open to the public, will start at 10am on Thursday 30 January 2020 and be held in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

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