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UK and Sub-Saharan Africa inquiry begins with first evidence session

17 January 2020

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee begins its inquiry into Sub-Saharan Africa on 22 January.

In this first oral evidence session of the inquiry, the Committee will explore how the UK's colonial history affects perceptions of Sub-Saharan Africa and the effect this has on policies toward the region.


Wednesday 22 January in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.10am

  • The Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Member of Parliament for Tottenham
  • The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield, Secretary of State for International Development (2010-2012)


The Committee is exploring the UK's relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on how the UK can work with African nations towards  peace and prosperity and how to use development co-operation to support these objectives. The inquiry comes as the UK seeks to redefine its international role post-Brexit and develop new relationships with other nations.

Possible questions

  • Have UK efforts to go ‘beyond aid' in its engagement with African nations been successful?
  • To what extent does racism affect the way Sub-Saharan Africa is viewed in the UK? How does this impact on Government policies toward the region?
  • Should the work of the Department for International Development in Sub-Saharan Africa be better coordinated with that of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office? Do the departments work well together?
  • How can Sub-Saharan African diaspora communities be engaged in the development of Government policy for the region?
  • How does the UK's visa and immigration policy affect its influence and soft power in the region?

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