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UK aid for combating climate change inquiry launched

12 July 2018

The International Development Committee is holding an inquiry on UK aid for combating climate change.


The International Development Committee is launching an inquiry on UK aid for combating climate change. The Government is spending £1 billion of its bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) on climate-related issues in the current financial year, including £610 million through the Department for International Development (DFID) and £335 million through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Approximately half of the total spend (and a majority of the DFID spend) is focused on climate change adaptation, with the other half focused on climate change mitigation (driving low-carbon growth).

Climate change

The issue of climate change has never been more topical. In 2015 UN member states, including the UK, pledged to achieve seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Included in this framework was a specific goal around taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG13). Separately, the COP24 conference (organised under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) will take place later this year in Katowice, Poland.

The UK also provides funding to a number of climate-focused multilateral agencies including the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). These agencies received mixed reviews in the 2016 Multilateral Development Review: the CIFs and the GEF were rated “good” both for their organisational strength and for their alignment with UK objectives, but the GFDRR was rated merely “adequate” against both criteria whilst the GGGI and GCF (as newer agencies) were not scored.

Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)

During this inquiry the Committee will work closely with the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), which is conducting its own review on UK aid for low carbon development. ICAI's review is expected to be published in early 2019.

Scope of the inquiry

The International Development Committee invites written submissions on all aspects of these topics, and is particularly interested in the following:

  • What role can international development play in combating climate change?
  • What will the consequences be if the international development community fails to take action?
  • How can the UK play an active role in leading the world on this issue?
  • How effective is the Government's bilateral ODA spend on combating climate change? Is it focused on the right countries?
  • Is the Government using the right delivery partners for its bilateral ODA spend on combating climate change?
  • Does the Government strike the right balance between adaptation and mitigation in its ODA spending?
  • How effective are the climate-focused multilateral agencies to which the UK contributes?
  • Does the UK give sufficient priority to climate-related issues within its ODA portfolio?
  • How can development actors best harness technology to combat climate change?

Written submissions

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 28 September 2018. The Committee values diversity and seeks to ensure this where possible. We encourage members of under-represented groups to submit written evidence.

The Committee considers requests for reasonable adjustments to its usual arrangements for taking evidence and publishing material, to enhance access. Please contact or telephone 0207 219 1223.

Written evidence submitted should:

Have a one page summary at the front
Be no longer than 3000 words in length
Have numbered paragraphs
Avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material

Forced displacement in Africa new inquiry

The Committee has also launched another inquiry into Forced Displacement in Africa, people submitting to this inquiry may also wish to submit evidence for this.

Further information

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